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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder and Inner Ear Pruritus: Resolution by Eminectomy

Pentyala, Sahana*; Mysore, Pooja*; Moller, Daryn*; Pentyala, Srinivas*; Kardovich, Richard; Martino, Andrew; Proothi, Michael§

The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: September 2014 - Volume 25 - Issue 5 - p 1840–1842
doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000000512
Clinical Studies

Recurrent dislocation of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disk is caused by many factors. Dislocation can result in an acute or chronic closed lock condition. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is often presented with otalgia symptoms. Other aural symptoms such as deafness, tinnitus, pressure/blockage, and vertigo are also commonly presented together with TMJ dysfunction (Clin Otolaryngol Allied Sci. 1980;5:23–36). However, pruritus associated with TMJ dysfunction in the inner ear has never been reported in the literature. We report a case history of TMJ dysfunction and associated inner ear pruritus, which are both resolved by eminectomy.

From the *Department of Anesthesiology, Stony Brook Medical Center, Stony Brook; †Kardovich Professional Corporation, Selden; ‡Martino Physical Therapy, Holtsville; and §New York Center for Orthognathic & Maxillofacial Surgery, West Islip, New York.

Received September 24, 2013.

Accepted for publication August 28, 2013.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Srinivas Pentyala, Department of Anesthesiology, Stony Brook Medical Center, Stony Brook, NY 11794; E-mail:; or Michael Proothi, NYCOMS, 474 Montauk Highway, West Islip, New York; E-mail:

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2014 by Mutaz B. Habal, MD.