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
Modality: MRI

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

Case Discussion

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

unilateral occurence and isolated temporalis/masseter enlargement has also been reported but is rare.

Somtimes 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
Case created: 30th May 2012
Last edited: 15th Dec 2015
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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