Jaw claudication

Jaw claudication is pain in the jaw associated with chewing. It is a classic symptom of giant-cell arteritis,[1][2] but can be confused with symptoms of temporomandibular joint disease, rheumatoid arthritis of the temporomandibular joint, myasthenia gravis, tumors of the parotid gland, or occlusion or stenosis of the external carotid artery.[3] The term is derived by analogy from claudication of the leg, where pain is caused by arterial insufficiency.

Jaw claudication
Differential diagnosisgiant cell artiritis


  1. Jaw claudication is the only clinical predictor of giant-cell arteritis. Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Medicine, and Pathology, 29 (3): 264-269. Hitoshi Sato, Mariko Inoue, Wataru Muraoka, Takaaki Kamatani, Seiji Asoda, Hiromasa Kawana, Taneaki Nakagawa, Koichi Wajima. (May 2017) doi:10.1016/j.ajoms.2016.12.002
  2. Stone, John H. (2009). A Clinician's Pearls & Myths in Rheumatology. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 287. ISBN 9781848009349. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  3. Goodman BW, Jr; Shepard, FA (February 1983). "Jaw claudication. Its value as a diagnostic clue". Postgraduate Medicine. 73 (2): 177–83. doi:10.1080/00325481.1983.11697764. PMID 6823455.

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