Vol 74, No 4 (2015)
Case report
Published online: 2015-11-27

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Bilateral lingual–facial trunk: anatomic and clinical implications

T. Troupis, A. Michalinos, J. Kakisis, K. Natsis, G. Sofidis, P. Skandalakis
DOI: 10.5603/FM.2015.0122
Pubmed: 26620521
Folia Morphol 2015;74(4):548-551.


Common origin of lingual and facial artery is a relatively frequent anatomic varia­tion. Instead, bilateral lingual–facial trunk has been described only sparsely in the literature. In this report authors describe and analyse a case of bilateral common lingual–facial trunk in the context of its anatomical, clinical and embryological implications. We also describe possible consequences in performance of elective and emergent surgical operations and modification in surgical techniques that should be considered. We believe that surgeons should be suspicious for this variation’s existence and keep alternative solutions in their armentarium.