JOURNAL OF CRANIOFACIAL SURGERY, vol.17, no.6, pp.1207-1209, 2006 (SCI-Expanded)
Bifid mandibular condyle is a rare disorder and little is known about the etiology and pathogenesis. We reported a patient with left bifid mandibular condyle with a history of trauma. There was no limitation of mouth opening but the patient was complaining of pain while chewing. Underdeveloped lateral head of the bifid condyle was excised at the level of condylar neck under general anesthesia. The patient healed without any problem. Microscopic evaluation of the excised condyle supported a congenital etiology. Although most cases of the bifid condyle discovered by chance it should be recognized and treated by plastic surgeons interested in craniomaxillofacial surgery.