Bone scanning with99mtechnetium phosphate to assess condylar hyperplasia. Report of two cases

Stephen R. Matteson, William R. Proffit, Bill C. Terry, Edward V. Staab, E. Jeff Burkes

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Condylar hyperplasia poses a problem in planning treatment because it is a self-limiting process for some but not all patients. Continued growth creates a progressive deformity that requires condylectomy, whereas an enlarged condyle can be left in place after hyperplastic growth ceases, even if ramus surgery is needed to correct asymmetry. Bone scan with99mtechnetium phosphate can be used to assist in making the differential diagnosis. In the two patients reported here, abnormal metabolic activity revealed by bone scans supported clinical and historical evidence that the condylar hyperplasia was active and required surgical correction, including condylectomy. The two cases demonstrate different approaches to postsurgical orthodontic treatment, depending on the amount of normal growth expected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)356-367
Number of pages12
JournalOral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Dentistry(all)


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