Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 449–452 | Cite as

Unexplained Trismus: Parasitic Infection?

  • Zainab ChaudharyEmail author
  • Sujata Mohanty
  • Pankaj Sharma
  • Sanchaita Kohli
  • Anjali Verma
Case Report


An array of diagnoses comes to mind when a patient presents with trismus. Although infections of masticatory spaces are common, parasitic infections are seldom included in differential diagnosis. We present an atypical case of trismus, which incidentally led to an unusual diagnosis of cysticercosis of temporalis muscle.

Case Report

A 30-year-old female presented with reduced mouth opening (15 mm at first visit) and a painful swelling over right side of head for past 2–3 months. She reported occasional episodes of dizziness and headaches over past 1.5 months with a history of fall, 3 months back. On clinical examination, diffuse, tender, firm swelling was present in right temporal region measuring approximately 1.5 × 2 cm (Fig.  1).


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The authors hereby declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

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Informed consent was obtained from the patient included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zainab Chaudhary
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sujata Mohanty
    • 1
  • Pankaj Sharma
    • 1
  • Sanchaita Kohli
    • 1
  • Anjali Verma
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryMaulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, Maulana Azad Medical College ComplexNew DelhiIndia

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