Infratemporal fossa

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Infratemporal fossa
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Left infratemporal fossa.
Latin fossa infratemporalis
Gray's p.184

The infratemporal fossa is an irregularly shaped cavity, situated below and medial to the zygomatic arch. Boundaries defined by:

Contents of the infratemporal fossa[edit]

Muscles[edit]

  • Lower part of the Temporalis and masseter muscles (origin of massetar muscle:lower margin of the inner surface of zygomatic bone insertion : outer surface of the ramus of the mandible )
  • Lateral and medial pterygoid muscles

Vessels[edit]

The internal maxillary vessels, consisting of the maxillary artery originating from the external carotid artery and its branches.

Infratemporal fossa

Internal maxillary branches found within the infratemporal fossa including the

Veins[edit]

  • pterygoid venous plexus

Nerves[edit]

Mandibular nerve, inferior alveolar nerve, lingual nerve, buccal nerve, chorda tympani nerve, and otic ganglion.[1]

Mandibular nerve[edit]

Motor branches:

Its motor fibers innervate all the muscles of mastication plus the mylohyoid, anterior belly of the digastric, and the tensores veli palati and tympani

Sensory innervation:

Additional Images[edit]

Osteology[edit]

The foramen ovale and foramen spinosum open on its roof, and the alveolar canals on its anterior wall.

At its upper and medial part are two fissures, which together form a T-shaped fissure, the horizontal limb being named the inferior orbital, and the vertical one the pterygomaxillary.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moore, Keith L & Dalley, Arthur (2006). Clinically oriented anatomy (5th ed.), Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

External links[edit]

This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.