Volume 14, Number 2, June 2002

Unilateral Aplasia of the Condylar Process of the Mandible

Tetsuya Yoda,1,2 Ichiro Sakamoto,2 Shin Morita,2 Hideki Imai,2 Masato Abe,2 Yukihiro Fujita,3 Shoji Enomoto2
1Department of Oral-maxillofacial Surgery, Dentistry and Orthodontics, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2Oral Surgery, Department of Oral Restitution, Division of Oral Health Sciences, Graduate School, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo, Japan
3Orthodontic Science, Department of Orofacial Development and Function, Division of Oral Health Sciences, Graduate School, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo, Japan


Abstract
A unique case of unilateral aplasia of the condylar process of the mandible is reported. There was no history of infection or trauma, and no other anatomical defects such as a defective or absent external ear. This paper discusses aplasia of the condylar process and its effect on the growth and muscular balance of the mandible.

Key words: Aplasia, Condylar process, Temporomandibular joint

Asian J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2002;14:109-113.
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