Author(s): Kale A, Aksu F, Ozturk A, Gurses IA, Gayretli O,
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: To investigate the frequency of unilateral or bilateral foramen of Vesalius (FV), number of FV present on one side, and presence of a septum on FV. METHODS: We bilaterally examined, 347 sphenoid bones of collections of the Department of Anatomy, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Istanbul and Dokuz Eylul Faculty of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey in 2007. RESULTS: Of the 347 bilaterally examined skulls, 87 (25.1\%) had bilateral FV, 191 (55\%) specimens did not have any FV on both sides, and 69 specimens (19.9\%) had unilateral FV (33 skulls had FV on the right side, and the remaining 36 skulls had FV on the left. Of the 156 skulls which had FV, only 4 skulls 3 on the right, one on the left) had double FV on the same side. We have not observed any specimens which had 3 or more FV on the same side. Of the 156 skulls which had FV, 11 skulls had a septum on FV, 3 skulls had a septum on FV on the right side, and 6 skulls had a septum on FV on the left side. Two skulls bilaterally had a septum on both sides. CONCLUSION: We believe that our data about FV will be enlightening not only for anatomists, but also for clinicians.
This article was published in Saudi Med J
and referenced in Anatomy & Physiology: Current Research