sphenopalatine foramen


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sphenopalatine foramen

[‚sfē·nō′pal·ə‚tēn fə′rā·mən]
(anatomy)
The space between the sphenoid and orbital processes of the palatine bone; it opens into the nasal cavity and gives passage to branches from the pterygopalatine ganglion and the sphenopalatine branch of the maxillary artery.
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In 1997, Sharp et al elevated a mucosal flap over the sphenopalatine foramen and then used a transnasal endoscopic approach to apply either diathermy or clips to the sphenopalatine vessels in 10 patients with intractable epistaxis; they reported no treatment failures.
A Lusk ball-tipped probe is in contact with the region of the sphenopalatine foramen.