Trifid inferior alveolar nerve - an unusual presentation

Pathak, Nidhi, Pai, Keerthilatha M., and Sholapurkar, Amar (2011) Trifid inferior alveolar nerve - an unusual presentation. Dental Update, 38 (5). p. 352.

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[Extract] A 64-year-old male patient, who was otherwise in good health, reported to our department for a routine dental check-up. A screening panoramic radiograph was advised, which incidentally revealed a trifid mandibular canal on the left side of the mandible. To the best of our knowledge, only one earlier reference to this condition has been reported in the literature. 1 In our case, all three branches of the left mandibular canal demonstrated a varied morphology (Figure 1), with the superior branch curving upwards and backwards up to the anterior border of the ramus, the middle branch running anteriorly and acquiring a fusiform shape and fusing with the third branch. The lower most branch could be traced anteriorly up to the mental foramen and had a normal morphology of a single mandibular canal, similar to that on the right side. Figure 2 reveals the traced version of the morphology of the trifid mandibular canal.

Item ID: 39798
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 0305-5000
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2015 01:22
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1105 Dentistry > 110599 Dentistry not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920402 Dental Health @ 100%
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