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ANATOMICAL VARIATIONS OF THE GREATER PALATINE NERVE IN THE GREATER PALATINE CANAL.

Authors
  • Hafeez, Najmus Sahar
  • Ganapathy, Sugantha
  • Sondekoppam, Rakesh
  • Johnson, Marjorie
  • Merrifield, Peter
  • Galil, Khadry A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal (Canadian Dental Association)
Publication Date
2015
Volume
81
Identifiers
PMID: 26214834
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The greater palatine nerve and the greater palatine canal are common sites for maxillary anesthesia during dental and maxillo-facial procedures. The greater palatine nerve is thought to course as a single trunk through the greater palatine canal, branching after its exit from the greater palatine foramen. We describe intra-canalicular branching variations of the greater palatine nerve found in 8 of 20 embalmed dissection specimens. Such variation is previously unreported in the literature. We characterize the variations in branching pattern and discuss the possible implications for clinical practice.

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