Dr. Ganapathy and Dr. Sondekoppam's new study in the Journal of Canadian Dental Association

J Can Dent Assoc. 2015 Jul;81:f14.

Anatomical variations of the greater palatine nerve in the greater palatine canal

Galil KA, Hafeez NS, Ganapathy S, Sondekoppam R, Johnson M, Merrifield P. 

The greater palatine nerve and the greater palatine canal are common sites for maxillary anesthesia during dental and maxillo-facial procedures. The greater palatine nerve is thought to course as a single trunk through the greater palatine canal, branching after its exit from the greater palatine foramen. We describe intra-canalicular branching variations of the greater palatine nerve found in 8 of 20 embalmed dissection specimens. Such variation is previously unreported in the literature. We characterize the variations in branching pattern and discuss the possible implications for clinical practice.

PMID: 26214834

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