Variant facial artery in the submandibular region.

*, Samapriya N. and *, Murlimanju BV and Prabhu, LV and Rai , R, and Vadgaonkar, R, (2012) Variant facial artery in the submandibular region. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, 23 (4). pp. 355-357.

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Facial artery has been considered to be the most important vascular pedicle in facial rejuvenation procedures and submandibular gland resection. It usually arises from the external carotid artery and passes from the carotid to digastric triangle, deep to the posterior belly of digastric muscle, and lodges in a groove at the posterior end of the submandibular gland. It then passes between submandibular gland and the mandible to reach the face after winding around the base of the mandible. During a routine dissection, in a 62 year old female cadaver, in Kasturba Medical College Mangalore, an unusual pattern in the cervical course of facial artery was revealed. The right facial artery was found to pierce the whole substance of the submandibular gland before winding around the lower border of the mandible to enter the facial region. Awareness of existence of such a variant and its comparison to the normal anatomy will be useful to oral and maxillofacial surgeons.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anatomy; Facial artery; Variation; Submandibular gland; Sialedenectomy
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Anatomy
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2012 11:00
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2012 11:00

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