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RESEARCH ARTICLE
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 344-346

Incidence of elongated styloid process: A radiographic study


1 Professor, Department of Oral Medicine and Maxillofacial Radiology, SAIMS College of Dentistry and Dental Hospital Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 Professor and Head, Department of Oral Medicine and Maxillofacial Radiology, College of Dental Sciences and Hospital Davangere, Karnataka, India
3 Former Professor and Head, Department of Oral Medicine and Maxillofacial Radiology, Bapuji Dental College and Hospital Davangere, Karnataka, India
4 Senior Lecturer, Department of Oral Medicine and Maxillofacial Radiology, Modern Dental College and Research Centre Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Tushar Phulambrikar
Professor, Department of Oral Medicine and Maxillofacial Radiology, SAIMS College of Dentistry and Dental Hospital, Indore Ujjain State Highway, Near MR 10 Crossing, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10011-1165

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Many studies revealed that the styloid process and the stylohyoid chain presented considerable anatomic variability. Many times this elongated styloid process has also been attributed as a cause of pain and discomfort in the neck and throat region which was known as Eagle's syndrome or styloid syndrome or stylohyoid syndrome. Hence, a study was designed to determine the length of styloid process on the orthopantomograph and review the selected related literature. A total of 200 healthy subjects of both the sexes in the age group of 5 to 75 years were radiographed. Each styloid process form both sides was classified to its morphologic appearance and measured. The data was subjected to statistical analysis which revealed elongation of styloid process increases as the age advances, when the incidence of elongation is compared on the right and left side no statistically significant difference is found. Pain is not associated with length or incidence of elongation.


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