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Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology

Study on the incidence of ossified pterygospinous ligament with its clinical importance in associated neuralgias

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Author Details : K Ephraim Vikram Rao, BH Shiny Vinila

Volume : 4, Issue : 3, Year : 2017

Article Page : 386-388

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Introduction: Close relation of ossified pterygospinous ligament to the foramen ovale can entrap the mandibular nerve and its branches and cause mandibular neuralgia. The present study aims to find the incidence of the ossified pterygospinous ligament.
Materials and Method: A total of 50 skulls were collected from the department of anatomy and 100 sides of 50 skulls were observed to find out the incidence of the pterygospinous bridges.
Results: Ossified pterygospinous ligament was observed in 14 sides of the skulls (14%). Ossification of the pterygospinous ligament was complete on 5 sides (5%). In 9 sides (9%), the pterygospinous bridge was incomplete.
Conclusion: Knowledge of the ossification of pterygospinous ligaments can improve understanding of complex clinical neuralgias associated with this region which will be helpful for anesthesiologists and surgeons while dealing with this region.

Pterygospinous ligament, Pterygospinous bridge, Ossification, Neuralgia, Foramen of civinini

How to cite : Rao K E V, Vinila B S, Study on the incidence of ossified pterygospinous ligament with its clinical importance in associated neuralgias. Indian J Clin Anat Physiol 2017;4(3):386-388

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