Definition of "Trismus"

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Trismus is limited mouth opening (reduced opening of the jaws), especially caused by spasm of the muscles of mastication.

Sx
  • Interferes w/ eating, speech, oral hygiene, and can alter facial appearance
  • May be distressing and painful
Complications
  • Aspiration
  • Limit or prevent medical examination or Tx requiring access to the oral cavity
Epidemiology
  • Temporary trismus is much more common than permanent trismus

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