Recurrent trismus: twenty-year follow-up result

Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 1994 Jul;31(4):309-12. doi: 10.1597/1545-1569_1994_031_0309_rttyfu_2.3.co_2.


The authors encountered an unusual case of recurrent trismus in a patient who had oral synechia, cleft lip and palate, digital anomalies, and external genital anomaly. Mandibular movement was severely restricted by congenital soft-tissue adhesion in the retromolar region. Despite aggressive surgical efforts and postoperative manipulations, limitation of mouth opening recurred soon after each operation. Furthermore, congenital and postoperative soft-tissue adhesion resulted in severe subsequent jaw deformities, which needed combined maxillary and mandibular advancement.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abnormalities, Multiple*
  • Adult
  • Cleft Lip / surgery
  • Cleft Palate / surgery
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Jaw Diseases / surgery
  • Masseter Muscle / physiopathology
  • Mouth Abnormalities / surgery*
  • Postoperative Complications / surgery
  • Recurrence
  • Reoperation
  • Syndactyly / surgery
  • Tissue Adhesions / congenital
  • Tissue Adhesions / surgery
  • Toes / abnormalities
  • Trismus / congenital*
  • Trismus / surgery*