Masticatory muscle hypertrophy

Case contributed by Dr Magdalena Chmiel-Nowak

Presentation

Painless palpable mass in the left temporal region.

Patient Data

Age: 20 years
Gender: Female

Hypertrophy of the left temporalis and masseter muscles is noted.

Case Discussion

Masticatory muscle hypertrophy is a rare benign entity, giving the "pseudomass" appearance in the buccal and temporal region. Unilateral involvement is even rarer. It is usually managed conservatively, unless the patient prefers surgical intervention due to cosmetic or psychological reasons.

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