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Free Content Myositis Ossificans Traumatica of the Head and Neck in a Child

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Myositis ossificans traumatica (MOT) is a focal reactive ossification of muscle that typically occurs secondary to a single acute high-impact trauma or multiple chronic low-grade traumas. The disease is often limited to a single muscle and can occur throughout the body. Ossification of the muscles in the head and neck region is extremely rare but can occur after falls, motor vehicle accidents, blunt force trauma, or surgical procedures such as extractions and local infiltration. The purpose of this paper is to present the case of a seven-year-old girl with trismus and calcification within her medial pterygoid muscle. To our knowledge, this is the youngest known reported case of MOT of the head and neck region.

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Affiliations: 1: Dr. Palla is a resident, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Ill., USA;, Email: [email protected] 2: Dr Han, Assistant Professors,Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Ill., USA 3: Dr Callahan, Assistant Professors, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Ill., USA

Publication date: May 1, 2020

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  • Acquired after the merger between the American Society of Dentistry for Children and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in 2002, the Journal of Dentistry for Children (JDC) is an internationally renowned journal whose publishing dates back to 1934. Published three times a year, JDC promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. It covers a wide range of topics related to the clinical care of children, from clinical techniques of daily importance to the practitioner, to studies on child behavior and growth and development. JDC also provides information on the physical, psychological and emotional conditions of children as they relate to and affect their dental health.
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