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Bilateral synovial cysts of the temporomandibular joint
  1. Christina Buckley1,
  2. Suzanne Beecher1,
  3. Duncan Sleeman2 and
  4. Michael O’Shaughnessy1
  1. 1 Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Cork University Hospital Group, Cork, Ireland
  2. 2 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department, Cork University Hospital Group, Cork, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Suzanne Beecher, suzub{at}


Synovial cysts very rarely affect the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). On review of the literature, there are 29 reported cases of unilateral synovial cysts of the TMJ. We present a case of bilateral synovial cysts occurring at the TMJs.

  • plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • otolaryngology/ENT
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  • Contributors All four authors (CB, SB, DS and MO) have contributed to and approved of this submitted manuscript. CB is the submitting author.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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