Oral Radiology

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 191–194 | Cite as

Proposed radiographic protocol for central superior mandibular condyle dislocation into the middle cranial fossa: apropos of a case

  • Jorge PinaresEmail author
  • Ricardo Urzúa
Case Report


Some difficulties have been described in the diagnosis of a number of reported cases of central superior mandibular condyle dislocation, which involves intracranial penetration of the mandibular condyle. Given that radiology plays an important role in detecting this condition, we herein propose an imaging diagnostic protocol for the management of suspicious superior mandibular condyle dislocation to identify this condition and properly evaluate the damaged tissues. We make reference to the case of a 13-year-old girl, who presented at the age of 7 years with a superior dislocation of the left condyle, which was clinically diagnosed as a probable temporomandibular joint ankylosis.


Condyle Superior dislocation Intracranial penetration Radiology 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

Jorge Pinares Toledo and Ricardo Urzúa Novoa declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human rights statements and informed consent

All procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1964 and later versions. Informed consent was obtained from all patients for being included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Área de Radiología, Departamento de Patología y Medicina Oral, Facultad de OdontologíaUniversidad de ChileIndependenciaChile
  2. 2.Escuela de Odontología CAS-UDD, Universidad del DesarrolloLo BarnecheaChile

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