The anatomical relationship between the position of the auriculotemporal nerve and mandibular condyle

Paulo R.B. Fernandes, Henrique A. De Vasconsellos, Jeffrey P. Okeson, Ricardo L. Bastos, Mey L.T. Maia

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Abstract

Head, neck, face, and ear pains are commonly associated with disorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Several theories have been proposed regarding the functional relationship of the TMJ and the associated structures, and how they might contribute to certain painful conditions. This study was conducted to determine the anatomic relationship of the auriculotemporal nerve to the middle meningeal artery and the mandibular condyle. Forty human cadaver temporomandibular joints were dissected to locate the precise position of the auriculotemporal nerve to the mandibular condyle. The study findings revealed a significant variation in the relationship of the auriculotemporal nerve to the middle meningeal artery. The auriculotemporal nerve was found to be between 10-13 mm inferior to the superior surface of the condyle and 1-2 mm posterior to the neck of the condyle. The nerve was not found to be in a position that would likely create an entrapment with adjacent tissues. These findings may assist the clinician to locate the most appropriate injection site for an auriculotemporal nerve block.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-171
Number of pages7
JournalCranio - Journal of Craniomandibular Practice
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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