THERE recently came to our attention a patient with facial asymmetry due to hypertrophy of the masseter muscles. This disorder has been described in the otolaryngological and surgical literature. However, a thorough search failed to disclose any reports concerning this disease entity in dermatologic texts or journals. Since this condition, because of its external manifestation, might understandably be brought to the attention of the dermatologist, the following report is submitted.
REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE
Legg,1 in 1880, reported the case of a 10-year-old girl with bilateral enlargement of the masseter and temporal muscles of three weeks' duration. He also referred to a 20-year-old woman with the same condition who had been observed by Champneys. Duroux,2 in 1905, described a 22-year-old man with asymptomatic, bilateral hypertrophy of the masseter muscles of six weeks' duration. In 1930, Boldt3 presented a thesis on masseter hypertrophy, including several cases of
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