Mandibular function, temporomandibular disorders, and headache in prematurely born children

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Mandibular function, temporomandibular disorders, and headache in prematurely born children
Author(s) Paulsson, Liselotte ; Ekberg, EwaCarin ; Nilner, Maria ; Bondemark, Lars
Date 2009
English abstract
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate mandibular function, signs, and symptoms of temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) and headache in prematurely born 8- to 10-year-old children, and to compare the findings with matched full-term born controls. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Seventy-three preterm children were selected from the Medical Birth Register--one group comprising 36 extremely preterm children born before the 29th gestational week, the other group 37 very preterm children born during gestational weeks 29 to 32. The preterm children were compared with a control group of 41 full-term children matched for gender, age, nationality, and living area. The subjective symptoms of TMD and headache were registered using a questionnaire. Mandibular function, signs, and symptoms of TMD and headache were registered. TMD diagnoses were set per Research Diagnostic Criteria for temporomandibular disorders (RDC/TMD). RESULTS: No significant differences between groups or gender were found for TMD diagnoses according to RDC/TMD or for headache. The preterm children had smaller mandibular movement capacity than the full-term control group, but when adjusting for weight, height, and head circumference mostly all group differences disappeared. CONCLUSIONS: Prematurely born children of 8 to 10 years of age did not differ from full-term born children when considering diagnoses according to RDC/TMD, signs, and symptoms of TMD or headache.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00016350802541152 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Host/Issue Acta odontologica scandinavica;1
Volume 67
Pages 30-7
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Medicine
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/9020 (link to this page)

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