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Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

Important
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Synonyms

  • Costes Syndrome
  • Impostor Disease
  • Myofascial Pain-Dysfunction Syndrome
  • Pain-Dysfunction Syndrome
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome
  • TMJ

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction is a general term for a group of conditions that affect the temporomandibular joint. The TMJs are small joints that connect the lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull. TMJ dysfunction is characterized by pain of the jaw joint that is made worse during or after eating or yawning. It can cause limited jaw movement and clicks and pops during chewing. In severe cases, pain can radiate into the neck, shoulders and back.

Resources

American Chronic Pain Association
P.O. Box 850
Rocklin, CA 95677
USA
Tel: (916)632-0922
Fax: (916)652-8190
Tel: (800)533-3231
Email: ACPA@theacpa.org
Internet: http://www.theacpa.org

TMJ Association, Ltd.
PO Box 26770
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0770
USA
Tel: (262)432-0350
Fax: (262)432-0375
Email: info@tmj.org
Internet: http://www.tmjassociation.org

NIH/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Building 31, Room 2C39
31 Center Drive, MSC 2290
Bethesda, MD 20892
USA
Tel: (301)496-4261
Fax: (301)480-4098
Tel: (866)232-4528
Email: nidcrinfo@mail.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/

American Pain Society
4700 West Lake Avenue
Glenview, IL 60025
Tel: (847)375-4715
Fax: (866)574-2654
Email: info@ampainsoc.org
Internet: http://www.ampainsoc.org

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

For a Complete Report

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This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site www.rarediseases.org or email orphan@rarediseases.org

Last Updated:  4/25/2008
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