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Unusual muscle of the anterior neck: cadaveric findings with surgical applications.

Authors
  • Iwanaga, Joe1, 2, 3
  • Tabira, Yoko2
  • Fisahn, Christian1, 4
  • Alonso, Fernando4
  • Watanabe, Koichi2
  • Kusukawa, Jingo3
  • Oskouian, Rod J1, 4
  • Tubbs, R Shane1, 5
  • Yamaki, Koh-Ichi2
  • 1 Seattle Science Foundation, Seattle, WA, USA.
  • 2 Department of Anatomy, Kurume University School of Medicine, Kurume, Japan. , (Japan)
  • 3 Dental and Oral Medical Center, Kurume University School of Medicine, Kurume, Japan. , (Japan)
  • 4 Swedish Neuroscience Institute, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA, USA.
  • 5 Department of Anatomical Sciences, St. George's University, St. George's, Grenada. , (Grenada)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Anatomy & cell biology
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2017
Volume
50
Issue
3
Pages
239–241
Identifiers
DOI: 10.5115/acb.2017.50.3.239
PMID: 29043103
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

The omohyoid muscle typically has an inferior belly originating from the superior border of the scapula, and then passes deep to the sternocleidomastoid muscle where its superior belly passes almost vertically upward next to the lateral border of sternohyoid to attach to the inferior border of the body of the hyoid bone lateral to the insertion of sternohyoid. Herein, we report an unusual variant of the omohyoid and sternohyoid muscles. As the omohyoid muscle is commonly used as a surgical landmark during neck dissections, knowledge of its variations such as the one described in the current report is important to surgeons.

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