Sphenopalatine foramen

The sphenopalatine foramen is a foramen in the skull that connects the nasal cavity with the pterygopalatine fossa.

Sphenopalatine foramen
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Medial wall of left orbit. (Sphenopalatine foramen labeled in upper right.)
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Left palatine bone. Posterior aspect. Enlarged. (Sphenopalatine foramen labeled in upper right.)
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Identifiers
Latinforamen sphenopalatinum
TAA02.1.00.097
FMA53144
Anatomical terms of bone

StructureEdit

The processes of the superior border of the palatine bone are separated by the sphenopalatine notch, which is converted into the sphenopalatine foramen by the under surface of the body of the sphenoid.

In the articulated skull this foramen leads from the pterygopalatine fossa into the posterior part of the superior meatus of the nose, and transmits the sphenopalatine artery and vein and the posterior superior lateral nasal nerve and nasopalatine nerves.

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ReferencesEdit

This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 168 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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