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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 125-126

Unique presentation of maxillary artery, lingual nerve, and inferior alveolar nerve complex

1 Department of Anatomy, Rural Medical College, PIMS, Loni, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Radiology, Rural Medical College, PIMS, Loni, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Anatomy, Mamata Medical College, Khammam, Andhra Pradesh, India

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A U Siddiqui
Department of Anatomy, Rural Medical College, Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Loni, Ahmednagar 413 736, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-516X.91163

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Knowledge of variations in arteries and nerves of infratemporal fossa may be helpful in radical neck dissection and in dental procedures to avoid the complications. We present an unusual case in which maxillary artery was found deep (medial) to lateral pterygoid muscle. Lingual nerve originated from two roots: anterior and posterior. Anterior root originated from common trunk and the posterior root directly from mandibular nerve. Inferior alveolar nerve was a continuation of the common trunk. Branches of mandibular nerve formed a loop through which passed the second part of maxillary artery. The clinical significance of the present variations has been discussed.

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