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Vol 71, No 4 (2012)
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Published online: 2012-11-30
Submitted: 2012-07-06
Accepted: 2012-08-13
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Accessory spine of the foramen ovale

J. Skrzat, J. Walocha, J. Zawiliński
Folia Morphol 2012;71(4):263-266.

open access

Vol 71, No 4 (2012)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2012-11-30
Submitted: 2012-07-06
Accepted: 2012-08-13

Abstract

The objective of this study was to provide a morphometrical analysis of the accessory spine which exists within the lumen of the foramen ovale, and to find out if that structure could mechanically irritate the mandibular nerve. A bifid spine was perceived in the macerated skull of an adult individual. It was located in the anterior part of the left foramen ovale. The overall length of the spine was measured as 1.8 mm. The spine has the homogenous structure, and show high level of mineralization. We conclude that the accessory spine did not compress the mandibular nerve, and the foramen ovale provided enough space for the nerve passage. Probably, these structures remained in anatomical accordance without causing any neurological symptoms.

Abstract

The objective of this study was to provide a morphometrical analysis of the accessory spine which exists within the lumen of the foramen ovale, and to find out if that structure could mechanically irritate the mandibular nerve. A bifid spine was perceived in the macerated skull of an adult individual. It was located in the anterior part of the left foramen ovale. The overall length of the spine was measured as 1.8 mm. The spine has the homogenous structure, and show high level of mineralization. We conclude that the accessory spine did not compress the mandibular nerve, and the foramen ovale provided enough space for the nerve passage. Probably, these structures remained in anatomical accordance without causing any neurological symptoms.

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Keywords

sphenoid bone; foramen ovale; mandibular nerve

About this article
Title

Accessory spine of the foramen ovale

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 71, No 4 (2012)

Pages

263-266

Published online

2012-11-30

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2012;71(4):263-266.

Keywords

sphenoid bone
foramen ovale
mandibular nerve

Authors

J. Skrzat
J. Walocha
J. Zawiliński

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