Pterygopalatine fossa

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Bone: Pterygopalatine fossa
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Left maxillary sinus opened from the exterior.
Old human skull with entrance to pterygopalatine fossa marked in purple
Latin fossa pterygopalatina
Gray's subject #41 166
Dorlands
/ Elsevier
    
f_14/12376574

The pterygopalatine fossa is a fossa in the skull.

Boundaries

It has the following boundaries:

Passages

The following passages connect the fossa with other parts of the skull:

Direction Passage Connection
Posteriorly foramen rotundum middle cranial fossa
Posteriorly pterygoid canal (Vidian) middle cranial fossa, foramen lacerum
Posteriorly palatovaginal canal (pharyngeal) nasal cavity/nasopharynx
Anteriorly inferior orbital fissure orbit
Medially sphenopalatine foramen nasal cavity
Laterally pterygomaxillary fissure infratemporal fossa
Inferiorly greater palatine canal (pterygopalatine) oral cavity, lesser palatine canals

Contents

The pterygopalatine fossa contains

See also

Additional images

External links

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