Temporalis and masseter hypertrophy

Case contributed by Dr Prashant Gupta

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Bilateral painless temporal and facial swellings

Patient Data

Age: 35-40 years
Gender: Female

Bilateral temporalis and masseter muscles are hypertrophic resulting in "pseudomasses".

Case Discussion

Bilateral temporalis and masseter muscles are hypertrophic resulting in "pseudo-masses".Commonly seen in anxious individuals with "bruxism" and in chronic gum chewing.

Unilateral occurrence and isolated temporalis/masseter enlargement has also been reported but is rare.

Sometimes gives a "threatening" appearance to the face, this can create morpho-psychological conflict in a gentle individual resulting in the "minotaur syndrome"

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Case information

rID: 17991
Published: 30th May 2012
Last edited: 13th Aug 2019
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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