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Journal of Craniomandibular Function



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J CranioMand Func 7 (2015), No. 2     15. May 2015
J CranioMand Func 7 (2015), No. 2  (15.05.2015)

Page 105-116, Language: English/German

Arthrocentesis of the temporomandibular joint: rationale, risks, and effectiveness
Stegenga, Boudewijn / Vos, Lukas M.
Arthrocentesis is a minimally invasive procedure that is thought to reduce inflammation by removing damaging molecules and inflammatory mediators from the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). In many clinics, it is common to flush the joint with anti-inflammatory medications, usually some form of corticosteroid, following the procedure. The aim of this article is to review the rationale, risks, and effectiveness of arthrocentesis of the TMJ.

Keywords: TMJ, arthrocentesis