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2020 May

Ann Anat


The pterygospinous and pterygoalar ligaments and their relationship to the mandibular nerve: Application to a better understanding of various forms of trigeminal neuralgia.


Iwanaga J, Clifton W, Dallapiazza RF, Miyamoto Y, Komune N, Gremillion HA, Dumont AS, Tubbs SR
Ann Anat. 2020 May; 229:151466.
PMID: 31972273.


Ossification of the pterygospinous and pterygoalar ligaments has been well documented forming pterygospinous and pterygoalar bars. However, the actual ligaments have been rarely shown in the existing literature. Therefore, this study aimed to reveal the anatomy of the pterygoalar ligament/bar and pterygospinous ligament/bar, and its relationship with the branches of the mandibular nerve.