A 20-year-old male asked:
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whats the difference between lung cancer and a tmj disorder and how can i be absolutely sure i have either of these things?

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Dr. Herbert Hoover
50 years experience General Practice
Not related: Lung cancer usually presents with new onset coughing or coughing up blood. A chest x-ray or ct may show a mass in the lung or lymph nodes in the chest. Diagnosis requires a biopsy, often via a bronchoscope (look into bronchial tubes) or with a ct guided biopsy. Tmj is a dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint and can cause pain on opening or closing the mouth-no association with lung cancer.
Answered on Mar 24, 2020
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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
A whole lot: Cancer is a malignancy, something that a TMJ disorder is not. You can have examinations by your dentist for a possible TMJ disorder, and your physician who can prescribe the proper tests to determine if you have lung cancer. In addition, lung cancer can kill you, a TMJ disorder will not.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Quite a difference: Lung cancer is cancer in your lung. TMJ disorder is problem with the jaw joint. I'd first check with your MD ASAP if you think you might have lung cancer. The as your dentist about your TMJ.
Answered on Mar 21, 2015

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