Sarada Devi S Sattiraju, Rajasree T K
2015 Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences  
Mineralisation of all components of stylohyoid complex or chain, a 2 nd branchial arch derivative is frequently reported. But bilateral occurrence of continuous bands of ossified tissue involving stylohyoid complex, are less commonly encountered. An adult skull specimen presented abnormally long osseous bands extending from base of skull in place of styloid process. On left side a band of 6.5cm long x1cm wide and 0.3cm in thickness, and on right side an irregularly rounded elongated structure
more » ... 7.5cm length were noticed. Lower end of the left process was fused to hyoid bone. Either abnormally long styloid process or this type of ossified stylohyoid complex may be a causative factor for severe pharyngeal pain, dysphagia, may be a cause for occasional swelling in submandibular region or may be associated with Eagle syndrome. Due to its close proximity to tonsillar bed, if elongated it may be felt during tonsillectomy in tonsillar fossa. In this backdrop reports of this type may be of interest to clinicians.
doi:10.14260/jemds/2015/2239 fatcat:m5zhmlpxbjfr5ktij7geh356fi