An unusual muscular variation of the infratemporal fossa

R. S. Tubbs, W. Stetler, M. M. Shoja, M. Loukas, E. G. Salter, W. J. Oakes

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

1 Scopus citations


The infratemporal fossa is often the site of pathology or surgical intervention. We describe an unusual muscle found during the routine dissection of the right infratemporal fossa. The literature germane to this variable muscle, best described as a variant of the pterygoideus proprius, is reviewed. The clinician may contemplate the wide array of muscular anomalies within the infratemporal fossa when considering unexplained neurological symptoms attributed to branches of V3 and pursue appropriate diagnostic testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)200-202
Number of pages3
JournalFolia Morphologica
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Anatomy
  • Head
  • V3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


Dive into the research topics of 'An unusual muscular variation of the infratemporal fossa'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this