Gout of the temporomandibular joint: a review of the literature. Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND: Gout is a common metabolic disorder that leads to elevated serum uric acid levels and deposition of urate crystals in tissues, leading to conditions such as arthritis and neuropathy. CASE DESCRIPTION: Although the prevalence of gout has been increasing during the past two decades, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) involvement is rare, with only 10 reports in the English-language literature. The authors present a rare case of gout involving the TMJ in a 51-year-old woman. They also review reported cases of gout involving the TMJ, including the clinical, radiographic and microscopic diagnostic criteria. The patient was treated primarily with anti-inflammatory drugs and colchicine but refused to undergo surgery. To date, she continues to be free of symptoms despite the presence of gouty deposits. CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: Because of its rarity, a clinician may overlook gout involving the TMJ in the differential diagnosis of facial pain even when the patient has received a diagnosis of gout in other joints.

published proceedings

  • J Am Dent Assoc

altmetric score

  • 1.85

author list (cited authors)

  • Bhattacharyya, I., Chehal, H., Gremillion, H., & Nair, M.

citation count

  • 22

complete list of authors

  • Bhattacharyya, Indraneel||Chehal, Hardeep||Gremillion, Henry||Nair, Madhu

publication date

  • August 2010