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The morphological variations of the lateral pterygoid muscle: A systematic review

Stöckle, Matthias ; Fanghänel, Jochen ; Knüttel, Helge ; Alamanos, Christos ; Behr, Michael


Background: The lateral pterygoid muscle (LPM) has been described in many anatomical and functional studies. The morphology of the LPM is still under debate because of its deep location in the infratemporal fossa and the difficulties to approach this area with different anatomical methods. Although it has been generally accepted that this muscle is mainly composed of two separate parts, other ...


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