Condylar Resorption as a Postoperative Complication in Patients Undergoing Orthognathic Surgery. Narrative Review

2019 • Volume 13 • Issue 3

Javier Zerené Reyes; María José Zilleruelo Pozo; Miguel Vergara Iturriaga; Alfredo Noguera Pantoja & Pedro Solé Ventura



Condylar resorption as a complication following orthognathic surgery is considered to cause dento-facial anomalies, relating to different pre and intra-operative factors. The aim of the research was to describe condylar resorption as a postoperative complication after orthognathic surgery. A review of the literature was made in four databases: PubMed, EBSCO, Trip database and Epistemonikos. The search was carried out without year limiting, articles in English and Spanish, including systematic reviews, observational studies and clinical trials. Exclusion criteria were applied for report cases, animal studies and articles that do not relate condylar resorption with orthognathic surgery. Quality of evidence and strength of the recommendations were assessed for the chosen studies. For this study 21 articles were selected following the inclusion criteria. The literature found reported that condylar resorption is a relatively frequent complication following orthognathic surgery (1.4-32 % of frequency) and that it can be associated with several factors such as genre, age, dento-maxillary anomaly and surgical technique. Condylar resorption is a complication that we must consider in the planning of orthognathic surgery, in order to identify risk factors and patients who are more likely to present this post-surgical complication. Following surgery, strict follow-up is a key factor to determine early clinical and radiographic changes. Finally, further research is needed to establish stronger prevention and diagnostic criteria.

KEY WORDS: orthognathic surgery, mandibular condyle, temporomandibular joint.


How to cite this article

ZERENÉ, R. J.; ZILLERUELO, P. M. J.; VERGARA, I. M.; NOGUERA, P. A. & SOLÉ, V. P. Condylar resorption as a postoperative complication in patients undergoing orthognathic surgery. Narrative review. Int. J. Odontostomat., 13(3):251-257, 2019.


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