What is the anatomy of the temporal space relevant to deep neck infections?

Updated: Apr 30, 2020
  • Author: Alan D Murray, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Temporal space

  • The temporal space lies between the temporalis fascia and the periosteum of the temporal bone, and it contains the internal maxillary artery and the inferior alveolar artery and nerve. The temporalis muscle effectively divides the space into a deep and superficial compartment.

  • Abscesses in this region are characterized by pain and trismus and may exhibit deviation of the mandible.

  • Incision and drainage may be accomplished by an approach 3 cm lateral to the lateral canthus or by a horizontal brow incision.

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