The Pterygopalatine Fossa: Skeletal Framework, Communications and Content

Georges Aoun *

Department of Oral Medicine and Maxillofacial Radiology, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon.

Wissam Sharrouf

Department of Oral Medicine and Maxillofacial Radiology, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

The pterygopalatine fossa, located on both sides of the skull, is a neurovascular crossroad between the middle cranial fossa, the orbit, the nasopharynx, the nasal and oral cavities, and the infratemporal fossa. It is considered a strategically complex region given its small size and the numerous structures that pass through it. This review aims to describe its skeletal framework, content, and communications with other regions.

Keywords: Pterygopalatine fossa, pterygopalatine ganglion, vidian nerve, maxillary nerve, maxillary artery


How to Cite

Aoun, G., & Sharrouf, W. (2022). The Pterygopalatine Fossa: Skeletal Framework, Communications and Content. Asian Journal of Biology, 16(1), 1–6. https://doi.org/10.9734/ajob/2022/v16i130249

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