Vol 66, No 3 (2007)
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Published online: 2007-06-26

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Bilateral ossification of the stylohyoid ligament

J. Skrzat, I. Mróz, J. Walocha, J. Zawiliński, J.K. Jaworek
Folia Morphol 2007;66(3):203-206.


This paper presents the case of an adult male skull with bilateral ossification of the stylohyoid complex. The total length of the stylohyoid complex amounts to 62 mm on the left side and 65 mm on the right side. Visual inspection of the stylohyoid revealed the presence of callosities that are located on both stylohyoid complexes at nearly the same level. These sites are regarded as the ossified attachments of the stylohyoid ligaments to the corresponding styloid processes. The skull studied is an example of extreme development of the stylohyoid complex, which could cause severe pain and a restriction of head and neck movement.

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