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Clinical findings and psychosocial factors in patients with atypical odontalgia: A case-control study
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Neurology . Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Local Health Care Services in Central Östergötland, Department of Neurology.
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2007 (English)In: Journal of Orofacial Pain, ISSN 1064-6655, Vol. 21, no 2, 89-98 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim: To provide a systematic description of clinical findings and psychosocial factors in patients suffering from atypical odontalgia (AO). Methods: Forty-six consecutive AO patients (7 men and 39 women, mean age, 56 years, range, 31 to 81 years) were compared with 35 control subjects (11 men and 24 women, mean age, 59 years, range, 31 to 79 years). Results: The pain of the AO patients was characterized by persistent, moderate pain intensity (mean, 5.6 +/- 1.9) with long pain duration (mean, 7.7 +/- 7.8 years). Eighty-three percent reported that onset of pain occurred in conjunction with dental treatment. No significant difference was found between the groups in number of remaining teeth or number of root fillings. Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) pain (P < .001), tension-type headache (P < .002), and widespread pain (P < .001) were significantly more common among AO patients than controls. Significantly higher scores for somatization (P < .01) and depression (P < .01) and limitations in jaw function (P < .001) were found for the AO group compared with the control group. Significant differences between groups were found in 4 general health domains: role-physical (P < .001), bodily pain (P < .001), vitality (P < .004), and social functioning (P < .001). Conclusion: A majority of the AO patients reported persistent, moderately intense intraoral pain that in most cases had an onset in conjunction with dental treatment. AO patients had more comorbid pain conditions and higher scores for depression and somatization. Significant limitation in jaw function and significantly lower scores on quality of life measures were found for AO patients compared with controls.

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2007. Vol. 21, no 2, 89-98 p.
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neuropathic pain, orofacial pain, pain characteristics, psychosocial status, quality of life
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-48020OAI: diva2:268916
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2011-01-11

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