An unusual muscular variation of the infratemporal fossa.

Academic Article


  • The infratemporal fossa is often the site of pathology or surgical intervention. We describe an unusual muscle found during the routine dissection of the right infratemporal fossa. The literature germane to this variable muscle, best described as a variant of the pterygoideus proprius, is reviewed. The clinician may contemplate the wide array of muscular anomalies within the infratemporal fossa when considering unexplained neurological symptoms attributed to branches of V3 and pursue appropriate diagnostic testing.
  • Published In

  • Folia morphologica  Journal
  • Keywords

  • Aged, Humans, Lingual Nerve, Male, Mandibular Nerve, Pterygoid Muscles
  • Author List

  • Tubbs RS; Stetler W; Shoja MM; Loukas M; Salter EG; Oakes WJ
  • Start Page

  • 200
  • End Page

  • 202
  • Volume

  • 66
  • Issue

  • 3