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BioMed Research International
Volume 2014, Article ID 824684, 5 pages
Research Article

Incidence of Otolaryngological Symptoms in Patients with Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunctions

1Department of Dental Prosthetics, Consulting Room of Functional Disorders of Masticatory Organ, Jagiellonian University Medical College, 4 Montelupich Street, 31-155 Cracow, Poland
2Department of Otolaryngology, Jagiellonian University Medical College, 2 Śniadeckich Street, 31-531 Cracow, Poland

Received 30 March 2014; Accepted 26 May 2014; Published 24 June 2014

Academic Editor: Anna Paradowska-Stolarz

Copyright © 2014 E. Ferendiuk et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The functional disorders of the masticatory organ are the third stomatological disease to be considered a populational disease due to its chronicity and widespread prevalence. Otolaryngological symptoms are a less common group of dysfunction symptoms, including sudden hearing impairment or loss, ear plugging sensation and earache, sore and burning throat, difficulties in swallowing, tinnitus, and vertigo. The diagnostic and therapeutic problems encountered in patients with the functional disorders of the masticatory organ triggered our interest in conducting retrospective studies with the objective of assessing the incidence of otolaryngological symptoms in patients subjected to prosthetic treatment of the functional disorders of masticatory organ on the basis of the analysis of medical documentation containing data collected in medical interviews. Material and Methods. Retrospective study was conducted by analyzing the results of medical interviews of 1208 patients, who had reported for prosthetic treatment at the Functional Disorders Clinic of the Department of Dental Prosthetics of Jagiellonian University Medical College in Cracow between 2008 and March 14, 2014. Results. Otolaryngological symptoms were observed in 141 patients. The most common symptoms in the study group were earache and sudden hearing impairment; no cases of sudden hearing loss were experienced.