Modified Use of a Dynamic Bite Opener—Treatment and Prevention of Trismus in a Child with Head and Neck Cancer: A Case Report

Pieter U. Dijkstra*, TJB KROPMANS, Rienk Y.J. Tamminga

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    Abstract

    Trismus may be a complication arising during or after treatment of patients with head and neck cancer. Treatment of trismus is difficult, making prevention very important. To prevent and treat trismus in a patient with a nasopharyngeal tumor, the Contract-Relax-Antagonist-Contract (CRAC) technique was applied, with the aid of a custom-made dynamic bite opener (DBO). The CRAC technique in combination with the DBO, as a therapy/prevention program for trismus, is not referred to in the literature. The combination of CRAC and DBO appeared to be a gentle and effective method well tolerated by the patient.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)327-329
    Number of pages3
    JournalCRANIO-THE JOURNAL OF CRANIOMANDIBULAR PRACTICE
    Volume10
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct-1992

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