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National Journal of Maxillofacial Surgery
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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 104-106

Distraction osteogenesis for management of obstructive sleep apnea secondary to TMJ ankylosis

Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Sardar Patel Postgraduate Institute of Dental & Medical Sciences, Lucknow, India

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Amit Gaur
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-5950.117820

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Mandibular retrognathism due to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) ankylosis is one of the important contributing factors to the obstructive sleep apnea(OSA). Such patients suffer from number of apneic or hyponeic events during sleep, snoring, daytime sleepiness, fatigue, inability to concentrate, irritability. At the same time facial asymmetry due TMJ ankylosis lead to a progressive lack of confidence. Distraction osteogenesis is a less invasive surgical technique in the management of OSA, secondary to TMJ ankylosis. This modality not only treats the OSA but also corrects the facial asymmetry at the same time, and the results have been gratifying.

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