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Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache



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J Orofac Pain 23 (2009), No. 2     15. May 2009
J Orofac Pain 23 (2009), No. 2  (15.05.2009)

Page 174-176

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders During HIV Infection: A Case Report
Fiorentino, Paolo M. / Piancino, Maria G. / Debernardi, Cesare / Attard, Nikolai
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) is a term reflecting chronic, painful, craniofacial conditions usually of unclear etiology with impaired jaw function. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients often report chronic pain and pathologies targeting body joints during retroviral therapy. Although both conditions may share similar secondary disorders, no conclusive cause-effect relationship has been found linking the TMD to the HIV-antiviral treatment. This report describes a case of TMD associated with HIV infection during active retroviral therapy. Clinicians should be aware that treatment of an HIV-infected patient with TMD requires an interdisciplinary team approach.

Keywords: human immunodeficiency virus, infection, pain, retroviral therapy, temporomandibular disorders, temporomandibular joint