The diagnostic value of computed tomography in temporomandibular joint synovial chondromatosis

Comput Med Imaging Graph. 1991 Jan-Feb;15(1):53-6. doi: 10.1016/0895-6111(91)90109-9.


Synovial chondromatosis of the temporomandibular joint was diagnosed and location of dens particles was assessed by means of computed tomography. Based upon the data collected, the joint was operated conservatively and most of the calcifications were removed leaving the patient symptom free. The importance of an accurate preoperative diagnosis of synovial chondromatosis by use of CT scan is stressed in view of numerous unnecessary condylectomies and parotidectomies reported in the literature.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chondromatosis, Synovial / diagnostic imaging*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Temporomandibular Joint*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*