Skip to main content

Unfortunately we don't fully support your browser. If you have the option to, please upgrade to a newer version or use Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or Safari 14 or newer. If you are unable to, and need support, please send us your feedback.

Publish with us
Pterygomandibular Raphe
Muscular System

Pterygomandibular Raphe

Raphe pterygomandibularis

Read more


The pterygomandibular raphe attaches to the buccinators anteriorly and to the superior constrictor muscle of the pharynx posteriorly. It extends from the hamulus of the medial pterygoid plate of the sphenoid to the mylohyoid line of the mandible.

Complete Anatomy
The world's most advanced 3D anatomy platform
Try it for Free

Anatomical Relations

The inferior alveolar nerve lies lateral to the raphe. Therefore, it is the anatomical landmark in the administration of an inferior alveolar nerve block.

List of Clinical Correlates

- Inferior alveolar nerve block

Learn more about this topic from other Elsevier products

Pterygomandibular Space

ScienceDirect image

Thus, a pterygomandibular space abscess can often spread into the submandibular or lateral pharyngeal spaces via the confluence of spaces, or a submandibular or sublingual abscess can similarly spread into the lateral pharyngeal space.

Explore on ScienceDirect(opens in new tab/window)

Complete Anatomy

The world's most advanced 3D anatomy platform

Complete Anatomy