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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 516-519

A study on assessment of the length of styloid process in digital panoramic radiographs

1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Maharishi Markandeshwar College of Dental Sciences and Research, Mullana, Haryana, India
2 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Government Dental College and Research Institute, Bengaluru, India
3 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Sri Hasanamba Dental College and Hospital, Hassan, Karnataka, India
4 Department of Dentistry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America
5 Department of Dental surgery, Government Dental Hospital, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India

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Dr. Nikita Gupta
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Maharishi Markandeshwar Dental College, Mullana, Ambala, Haryana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-1363.188691

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Introduction: The styloid process (SP) is an anatomical structure whose clinical importance is not well understood. Aims and Objectives: This study aimed to study the type of SP as per Langlais' classification and to assess the feasibility of digital panoramic radiographs in measuring the length of SP. Materials and Methods: Eighty digital panoramic radiographs of patients with dental problems were retrieved from archives of our department as soft copies. The radiographs were taken using a digital panoramic system. The radiographic length of SP was measured on both sides using measurement toolbars on accompanying analysis software. The type of elongation patterns of SP was classified as per Langlais' classification. Finally, the data were subjected to statistical analysis. Results: The average length of the left and right side SPs was 29.1882 ± 6.86 and 28.16 ± 6.44, respectively. Majority of patients were found to be asymptomatic, and Langlais' Type I elongated SP was more common than others. Conclusion: Digital panoramic radiographs are valuable tools in early detection of elongated SP. Digital radiographs help in avoiding a misdiagnosis of tonsillar pain or pain of dental, pharyngeal, or muscular region.

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