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Evaluating the relation between the elongated styloid process and the ponticulus posticus using cone beam computed tomography

S. Shahidi, M. Hasani, M. Khozaei
DOI: 10.5603/FM.a2021.0006
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Pubmed: 33559116

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Published online: 2021-01-29
Submitted: 2020-11-22
Accepted: 2020-12-30

Abstract

Background: Ponticlus posticus as a one of the cervical vertebra variations brings about symptoms similar to Eagle syndrome. This study aimed to determine the relationship between elongated styloid process (ESP) and ponticulus posticus (PP) in a group of Iranian patients using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) images.

Materials and methods: The CBCT images of 349 patients (118 males and 231 females; mean age: 32.53 ± 14.143) were involved in this study. The atlas vertebra was investigated for the presence and classification of PP (partial or complete) in sagittal views. Also, the styloid process was evaluated for the presence of ESP in reconstructed panoramic and 3D images. Data were analyzed using Mann-Whitney test, Fisher’s exact test, and Chi-square test to assess the relationship between the presence of PP and ESP with regard to age and gender.

Results: PP was observed in 24.5% of patients with ESP and 31.98% of patients without ESP. There was no significant relationship between the presence of PP and ESP (p = 0.198). 25 patients with ESP showed PP, cases of ESP with either side and opposite side PP were 7.84% and 1.96%, respectively. Cases of bilateral ESP and PP were predominant (14.70%). The mean age of patients with bilateral ESP and PP was higher than others. There was no significant difference between males and females (p = 0.456).

Conclusions: Considering the prevalence and characteristics of PP in the case and control groups, there was no significant relationship between PP and ESP.

Abstract

Background: Ponticlus posticus as a one of the cervical vertebra variations brings about symptoms similar to Eagle syndrome. This study aimed to determine the relationship between elongated styloid process (ESP) and ponticulus posticus (PP) in a group of Iranian patients using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) images.

Materials and methods: The CBCT images of 349 patients (118 males and 231 females; mean age: 32.53 ± 14.143) were involved in this study. The atlas vertebra was investigated for the presence and classification of PP (partial or complete) in sagittal views. Also, the styloid process was evaluated for the presence of ESP in reconstructed panoramic and 3D images. Data were analyzed using Mann-Whitney test, Fisher’s exact test, and Chi-square test to assess the relationship between the presence of PP and ESP with regard to age and gender.

Results: PP was observed in 24.5% of patients with ESP and 31.98% of patients without ESP. There was no significant relationship between the presence of PP and ESP (p = 0.198). 25 patients with ESP showed PP, cases of ESP with either side and opposite side PP were 7.84% and 1.96%, respectively. Cases of bilateral ESP and PP were predominant (14.70%). The mean age of patients with bilateral ESP and PP was higher than others. There was no significant difference between males and females (p = 0.456).

Conclusions: Considering the prevalence and characteristics of PP in the case and control groups, there was no significant relationship between PP and ESP.

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Keywords

elongated styloid process, ponticulus posticus, cone beam computed tomography

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Title

Evaluating the relation between the elongated styloid process and the ponticulus posticus using cone beam computed tomography

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Ahead of Print

Article type

Original article

Published online

2021-01-29

DOI

10.5603/FM.a2021.0006

Pubmed

33559116

Keywords

elongated styloid process
ponticulus posticus
cone beam computed tomography

Authors

S. Shahidi
M. Hasani
M. Khozaei

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