True hemifacial microsomia and hemimandibular hypoplasia with condylar-coronoid collapse: Diagnostic and prognostic differences

American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, 06/03/2011

Perhaps these patients were misdiagnosed and actually had secondary injuries of the condyle, which have a normal functional matrix. Therefore, with growth and functional stimulation, they would tend to grow toward the original symmetry. To make a differential diagnosis between true HFM and this peculiar type of hemimandibular hypoplasia, the collaboration between not only orthodontists and surgeons, but also geneticists and dysmorphologists, is of great importance because of the different prognoses.

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