Trigeminal Neurosensory Deficit and Patient Reported Outcome Measures : The Effect on Life Satisfaction and Depression Symptoms

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Original languageEnglish
Article numbere72891
Journal / PublicationPLoS ONE
Volume8
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2013

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Objectives:To investigate the effect of persistent neurosensory disturbance of the lingual nerve (LN) or inferior alveolar nerve (IAN) on life satisfaction and depression symptoms.Methods:This study recruited patients with persistent LN or IAN deficit as a consequence of lower third molar surgery for 12 months or more to form the study group. A control group was formed by matching age and gender of recruited subjects in the study group with patients without the neurosensory complications. Life satisfaction was assessed with Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS) and depression symptoms were assessed with 20-item Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression scale (CESD-20).Results:Fourty-eight participants (24 cases and 24 controls) were recruited. Patients with LN or IAN deficits after lower third molar surgery were less satisfied with their lives when compared to the control group (p

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