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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2013, Article ID 937487, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/937487
Case Report

Limited Mouth Opening Secondary to Diffuse Systemic Sclerosis

1Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine Center, Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA
2Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine Residency Program, Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine Center, Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA

Received 17 October 2013; Accepted 5 December 2013

Academic Editors: Z. Akarslan, M. A. Compagnoni, M. Dündar, T. Lombardi, and D. Torrés-Lagares

Copyright © 2013 Tomoko Wada and Saravanan Ram. 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.

Abstract

Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a relatively rare condition with an immunologically mediated pathogenesis. For reasons that are not clearly understood, dense collagen is deposited in the connective tissues of the body in extraordinary amounts. Although its dramatic effects are seen in association with the skin, the disease is often quite serious with visceral organ involvement. We describe a case of limited mouth opening secondary to diffuse SSc, improvement in mouth opening with passive jaw stretch exercises, and the challenges involved in performing dental procedures for such patients.