Oral Biol Res 2019; 43(1): 83-87  https://doi.org/10.21851/obr.43.01.201903.83
Masticatory muscle tenderness in burning mouth syndrome: A case control study
A-Hyang Yoon , Ji-Won Ryu*
Department of Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Chosun University, Gwangju, Korea
Correspondence to: Ji-Won Ryu, Department of Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Chosun University, 309 Pilmun-daero, Dong-gu, Gwangju 61452, Korea. Tel: +82-62-220-3897, Fax: +82-62-234-2119, E-mail: dentian@chosun.ac.kr
Received: March 16, 2019; Revised: March 22, 2019; Accepted: March 26, 2019; Published online: March 31, 2019.
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The aim of this study is to evaluate the masticatory muscle tenderness in burning mouth syndrome (BMS) patients. A total of 102 patients (48 with BMS and 54 with non-BMS) that attended the Department of Oral Medicine (Chosun University Dental Hospital, Gwangju, Korea) from January 2018 to December 2018 were included in the study. The pain duration, pain perception using a visual analogue scale and presence of masticatory muscle tenderness was compared between the BMS and non-BMS group. About 85.4% of the BMS patients reported pain or tenderness when the masticatory muscle was palpated. There was a statistically significant association between the BMS symptom and masticatory muscle tenderness. This study suggests that the masticatory muscle tenderness could be related to the BMS. Further study is needed to explore the relationship between the BMS and temporomandibular disorder.
Keywords: Burning mouth syndrome, Masticatory muscles, Muscle tenderness, Temporomandibular joint disorders

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