condylar hyperplasia

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A persistent or accelerated growth of the mandibular condyle after the period when growth should be slowing or have ceased. It is of unknown aetiology and is characterized by facial asymmetry and often by a crossbite malocclusion and posterior open bite: there may also be a prognathic facial appearance with a shift of the midpoint of the chin to the unaffected side. Treatment can include condylectomy, condyloplasty, and orthodontic therapy.

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