Stylomastoid foramen

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Bone: Stylomastoid foramen
Base of skull. Inferior surface. Pink region is temporal bone, and stylomastoid foramen is in black circle at center of pink region.
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Left temporal bone. Inferior surface. (Stylomastoid foramen is third label from the bottom on the left.)
Latin foramen stylomastoideum
Gray's subject #34 144
Dorlands
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Between the styloid and mastoid processes of the temporal bone is the stylomastoid foramen

It is the termination of the facial canal, and transmits the facial nerve and stylomastoid artery.


Clinical Relevance

Bell's palsy can result from inflammation of the facial nerve where it leaves the skull at the stylomastoid foramen. Patients with Bell's palsy appear with facial drooping on the affected side.

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