Skip to main content

Free Content Review of the Pterygomandibular Raphe

Download Article:
The pterygomandibular raphe is an important conduit in the spread of head and neck malignancy. Recognition of this structure and its associated anatomy is necessary for image interpretation and subsequent treatment of oral cavity cancers. From the pterygomandibular raphe, tumor can spread into other subsites of the oral cavity and pharynx. The extent of tumor may not be evident on clinical examination but can be detected on imaging. We reviewed the anatomy of the pterygomandibular raphe and provided examples of its involvement in head and neck cancers.

Learning Objective: Recognize the importance of the pterygomandibular raphe in the spread of oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma.

Keywords: PMR = pterygomandibular raphe; RMT = retromolar trigone

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2017

  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content