Ultrastructure of the articular cartilage of the mandibular condyle: Aging and degeneration

Lambert G. M. De Bont*, Robert S. B. Liem, Geert Boering

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

    OnderzoeksoutputAcademicpeer review

    47 Citaten (Scopus)


    To obtain more insight into the pathogenesis of osteoarthrosis of the temporomandibular joint, we examined the ultrastructure of articular cartilage of six healthy and sixteen osteoarthrotic human mandibular condyles. Ultrastructural changes due to aging and osteoarthrosis are described and compared with the findings of other ultrastructural studies of articular cartilage of synovial joints. Aging was accompanied by some slight degenerative signs. Osteoarthrotic hyaline cartilage and fibrocartilage showed a striking similarity. The only ultrastructural difference was the presence of elastic fibers in the latter. Therefore, both seem to have the same pathogenesis. Several current statements on the pathogenesis of osteoarthrosis are discussed.
    Originele taal-2English
    Pagina's (van-tot)631-641
    Aantal pagina's11
    TijdschriftOral Surgery Oral Medicine Oral Pathology Oral Radiology and Endodontics
    Nummer van het tijdschrift6
    StatusPublished - 1985

    Citeer dit