Temporomandibular joint disease

Veterinary advice should be sought before applying any treatment or vaccine.

Temporomandibular Joint Disease

Temporomandibular Joint Disease

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disease involves the development of inflammation and pain in the TMJ. The TMJ resides just below and in front of the base of the horse's ear, on either side of the head.

Horses receiving a diet high in concentrate feeds may require more frequent dental prophylactic examinations and treatments to avoid the development of dental irregularities associated with smaller mandibular excursions during chewing.

Symptoms

Asymmetry of the face
Heat and pain
Headshaking
Refusal to move

Diagnosis

  • History
  • Clinical signs
  • Physical exam
  • Ultrasound
  • Radiographs
  • MRI

Treatment

TherapiesDetails
Analgesics
Diet changes
Antibiotic therapy
Surgery

Prevention

Scientific Research

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