Jaw Claudication
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Eric A. Gantwerker, MD, MMSC

Eric A. Gantwerker, MD, MMSC (Otolaryngology (ENT))

Pediatric Otolaryngologist at Northwell Health and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He holds a Master of Medical Science (MMSc) in Medical Education with a special focus on educational technology, educational research, and game-based learning from Harvard Medical School and a Master of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. He has a special interest in faculty development and has been a speaker or faculty at hundreds of local, national, and international courses and conferences. He is also an active blogger and podcaster for several organizations, including the Harvard Macy Institute (HMI), Harvard Medical School CME Online, and BackTable Innovations. He has been featured in the news and print for media outlets such as USA Today, Businesswire, The Washington Post, Nature Medicine, Fox News, and KevinMD. He was also the Vice President, Medical Director of a medical video game company, Level Ex from 2018 to 2023 that utilized game technology and psychology to create interactive experiences for healthcare professionals. | He is recognized as an expert on the implementation of educational technologies and gaming with a foundation in educational theory for health professions education. He was honored to be inducted as an Associate Member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators and as an Associate Fellow of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE).

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  • Jaw starts to hurt after a while after eating

  • Jaw pain comes out when chewing

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About the Symptom

Jaw claudication refers to pain or discomfort in the jaw that typically occurs while chewing. It can be due to any number of things including temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues, blood vessel (vascular) issues, or issues with the muscles of mastication.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Jaw pain after chewing

Possible Causes

Generally, Jaw claudication can be related to:

  • Giant Cell Arteritis (Temporal Arteritis)

    GCA is a condition characterized by chronic inflammation of large and medium-sized blood vessels in the body. The exact cause is unknown but a faulty immune response leads the body to attack it's own blood vessels. Notably, blood vessels to the eyes may be affected leading to blindness if left untreated. Risk factors include advanced age, female gender, and other autoimmune diseases.

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

    A chronic inflammatory disease where the body's immune system attacks multiple joints, most commonly in the hands and feet. The cause and trigger is unknown.

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Do you have jaw pain when you start eating?

  • Do you have headaches or a heavy feeling in your head?

  • Do you have any skin problems?

  • Do you feel any numbness or altered sensation?

  • Do you have a fever?

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References

  • Jaw Claudication and Temporal Giant Cell Arteritis - Penn Medicine

    https://www.pennmedicine.org/for-patients-and-visitors/patient-information/conditions-treated-a-to-z/temporal-arteritis

  • 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.

    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00325481.1983.11697764

Reviewed By:

Eric A. Gantwerker, MD, MMSC

Eric A. Gantwerker, MD, MMSC (Otolaryngology (ENT))

Pediatric Otolaryngologist at Northwell Health and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He holds a Master of Medical Science (MMSc) in Medical Education with a special focus on educational technology, educational research, and game-based learning from Harvard Medical School and a Master of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. He has a special interest in faculty development and has been a speaker or faculty at hundreds of local, national, and international courses and conferences. He is also an active blogger and podcaster for several organizations, including the Harvard Macy Institute (HMI), Harvard Medical School CME Online, and BackTable Innovations. He has been featured in the news and print for media outlets such as USA Today, Businesswire, The Washington Post, Nature Medicine, Fox News, and KevinMD. He was also the Vice President, Medical Director of a medical video game company, Level Ex from 2018 to 2023 that utilized game technology and psychology to create interactive experiences for healthcare professionals. | He is recognized as an expert on the implementation of educational technologies and gaming with a foundation in educational theory for health professions education. He was honored to be inducted as an Associate Member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators and as an Associate Fellow of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE).

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal Medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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