Unique air inclusions within the nasopalatine duct indicating its presence radiographically: a case presentation.

von Arx, Thomas; Bornstein, Michael M; Janner, Simone F. M. (2020). Unique air inclusions within the nasopalatine duct indicating its presence radiographically: a case presentation. Surgical and radiologic anatomy, 42(7), pp. 817-821. Springer 10.1007/s00276-020-02428-4

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The anterior maxilla is characterized by the nasopalatine canal that originates bilaterally from the anterior nasal floor, subsequently fuses, and terminates at the incisive foramen in the anterior palate. Embryologically, this structure forms within the primary palate, and contains the neurovascular bundle, but also continuous epithelialized bands. The latter, termed nasopalatine ducts, usually degenerate and/or obliterate before birth. However, in some individuals, the ducts may remain partially or completely patent. The present case report describes for the first time in the literature a rare finding of air inclusions within the anatomical area of the nasopalatine canal indicating the presence of a nasopalatine duct as visualized with cone beam computed tomography. The patient was asymptomatic and the radiographic findings were seen incidentally. An endoscopic inspection of the anterior nasal cavities confirmed the presence of the nasal openings of the partially patent nasopalatine ducts.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > School of Dental Medicine > Department of Oral Surgery and Stomatology

UniBE Contributor:

von Arx, Thomas and Janner, Simone

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0930-1038

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Caroline Balz

Date Deposited:

25 Sep 2020 07:55

Last Modified:

11 May 2022 13:35

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s00276-020-02428-4

PubMed ID:

32040607

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Anterior maxilla Anterior nasal floor Case report Nasopalatine canal Nasopalatine duct

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.146702

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/146702

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