83-year-old woman closes her mouth for the first time in a month – Here's why
An 83-year-old woman from Pune was finally able to close her mouth after going through a complicated jaw surgery.
New Delhi: An 83-year-old woman from Pune was finally able to close her mouth after going through a complicated jaw surgery.
The surgery was led by Dr Prasad Dadhe, Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon of Sahyadri Multispecialty Hospital on Monday.
As per reports, the elderly women got her jaw locked following a dislocation after yawning and was not able to eat, drink and talk as she couldn't close her mouth.
She was starving, dehydrating, soon leading to weight and muscle loss.
Upon examination, doctors found that she already had spasm of all muscles of mastication, which compelled them to take her under general anesthesia.
Her age proved to be a big risk factor and she was on the verge of developing cachexia.
It was a tough procedure, however, the doctors were able to set it right.
Dr Dadhe said that jaw dislocation is not very uncommon in the elderly or even younger population.
A person suffering from this condition cannot close his/her mouth till the condyles are placed back into their normal position.