Bilateral Bifid Mandibular CondyleCorrespondence Address :
Dr.Avinash Tejasvi.M.L, SENIOR LECTURER
Department of oral medicine and radiology.
Kamineni Institute Of Dental Sciences,
Narketpally, Nalagonda Dist, Andhra Pradesh.
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The bifid condyle is a rather uncommon condition that is diagnosed radiographically. It is characterized by the duplicity of the head of the mandibular condyle and thus, it is also known as double - headed condyle. The bifid condyle’s aetiology and pathogenesis are not known. It is said that it may be a developmental abnormality or that it may occur due to trauma. In the literature, only 30 cases of bilateral bifid mandibular condyle have been reported. The present case is a 23-yearold young male patient with bilateral bifid mandibular condyle, which was diagnosed during a panoramic radiographical examination.
Mandibular Condyle, Bifid Condyle, Bilobed Condyle, Panoramic Radiograph, and Double TMJ Radiographic view.
Avinash Tejasvi,Laxmikanth Chatra
Prashanth Shenai.K. BILATERAL BIFID MANDIBULAR
CONDYLE. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2011 April [cited: 2019 Apr 21 ]; 5:390-392. Available from
Bilobed Mandibular Condyle is an uncommon anomaly. Hardlicka was the first person to describe this condition in 1941 and he reported 21 cases (18 unilateral and 3 bilateral) in a series of skull specimens from the Smithsonian Institute.(1) The first report on this condition in a living individual was made in 1948 by Schier.(2) The bilobed condyle’s aetiology and pathogenesis is not known. It is said that it may be a developmental abnormality(3) due to trauma and endocrinological, pharmacological and nutritional disorders. Although it is not confirmed, infection, irradiation, and genetic discrepancy may also play a role.(4) This condition is asymptomatic and can be recognized only by routine radiographical examination. Some cases are found in patients with TMJ clicking, ankylosis and trauma
The bifidism of the condylar head can be found unilaterally or bilaterally. On reviewing the literature, it was found that only 30 cases of bilateral bilobed condyle have been described so far.
A 23 -year-old male patient reported to the Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology with a chief complaint of forwardly placed teeth in his upper and lower jaw and he aspired for orthodontic treatment. The clinical examination revealed mild mandibular micrognathia and a convex facial profile. The skeletal relationship was bilaterally Angle Class II, division 1 with traumatic occlusion. No deviation or deflection in his jaws was observed. However, his mouth opening and his jaw movements were normal. . On further questioning, the patient revealed a previous history of trauma to his jaws during his childhood and said that no treatment was taken at the time of trauma. The intra oral examination revealed a dentition with four missing maxillary and mandibular premolars, six impacted teeth, five amalgam restorations, and one endodonticaly treated teeth. The patient had not received regular dental care for many year
The diagnostic panoramic radiograph (Table/Fig 1) incidentally revealed bilateral bifid condyles. Further, an open-closed doubleTMJ view of the condyle was taken in the lateral position [Table/Fig 2), and a transpharyngeal radiograph (Table/Fig 2) was taken, which confirmed the diagnosis. No findings were noted in either the history or the clinical examination that could account for the possible aetiology of the bifid condyle, except for a history of trauma long back in his childhood.
The bilobed mandibular condyle is rarely seen, although a number of cases have been reported. The observation of bilateral, bifid mandibular condyles is even rarer. The fact that the condition is asymptomatic it is less likely to be noticed.
Hardlicka was the first person to describe this condition in 1941 and he reported 21 cases (18 unilateral and 3 bilateral) in a series of skull specimens from the Smithsonian Institute.1 The first report on this condition in a living individual was in 3 bilateral.2 Szentpetery5 et al in 1990, surveyed 1882 prehistoric and historic skulls with 2077 condyles. They found 7 bilobed
mandibular condyles, 2 of which in one mandible had bilateral. There are multiple aetiologies of the bifid condyle, for example, endocrine disturbances, exposure to teratogens, nutritional deficiencies, infection, radiation, trauma and genetically induced factors. Bilateral bifidism can result from a primary aberrancy in the embryological or postnatal development
There are many postulates regarding the pathogenesis of bilobed mandibular condyles, which are as follows. Hardlicka20 postulated that obstructed blood supply to the condyle during its development caused the division of the condyle. Blackwood 21 reported that the condylar cartilage, during the early stages of development, is divided by well-vascularized fibrous septa. He suggested that the persistence of this type of septum in the exaggerated form within the growing cartilage, might lead to an error in the development, that would, in turn, give rise to the bifidism of the condyle.
Gundlach et al experimentally induced bifid condyles in animals by injecting teratogenic substances such as N-methyl-Nnitrosourea and formhydroxamic acid in different concentrations at various stages of pregnancy, and they concluded that the bifid condyle is a form of embryopathy which is caused by a combination of a teratogenic agents and the misdirection of the muscle fibres, which then influences bone formation(22).
Walker et al(2)3 stated from their experiments on monkeys, that the bifidism of the condyle could also be due to trauma. Poswillo et al24 stated that bifidism occurs as a result of changes in the position or form of the disc, leading to the formation ofintraarticular septa across the joint space. This, in turn, influences the pattern of condylar regeneration. Post fracture healing and remodelling of the mandibular condyle, if they involve the lateral and medial fragments, have also been linked to the development of ankylosis or bifid mandibular condyles. Szentpetery 25 et al stated that the site of fracture and most probably, its relationship to the insertion of the lateral pterygoid muscle, may determine the future development of a normal or bifid condyle. Several case reports of unilateral bifidism suggest that trauma, such as the condylar fractures birth trauma or surgical condylectomy, can result in bifid condyles. The possible aetiology in this presented case was trauma.
In the literature, it has been said that in the developmental bifid mandibular condyle, there is a separate glenoid fossa for each of the two parts and that in the traumatic bifid mandibular condyle, there is only one glenoid fossa. In the reported case, there was only one glenoid fossa as the bilobed condyle had a traumatic origin.
Bilobed Condyles have been reported in the literature with a mean age of 35 years. Our patient was a male patient and he was 23 years of age. Although this condition is asymptomatic, some cases show symptoms which vary from case to case, but in most instances the symptoms are absent. The most common and predominant symptom is TMJ sounds. Pain, restriction of mandibular movements,trismus, swelling, ankylosis, and facial asymmetries have also been described26. The present case was asymptomatic
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