Persistent orofacial muscle pain

R. Benoliel, P. Svensson, Gm Heir, D. Sirois, J. Zakrzewska, J. Oke-Nwosu, Sr Torres, Ms Greenberg, Gd Klasser, J. Katz, E. Eliav

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The pathophysiology of persistent orofacial myalgia has been the centre of much controversy. In this article we suggest a novel descriptive term; 'persistent orofacial muscle pain' (POMP) and review current evidence that supports the hypothesis that the induction of POMP involves the interplay between a peripheral nociceptive source in muscle, a faulty central nervous system component and decreased coping ability. In this context it is widely accepted that a complex interaction of variable intrinsic and extrinsic factors act to induce POMP and dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-41
Number of pages19
JournalOral Diseases
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - Apr 2011


  • Myalgia
  • Myofascial pain
  • Temporomandibular disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • General Dentistry


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