Anterior nasal spine

The anterior nasal spine, or anterior nasal spine of maxilla, is a bony projection in the skull that serves as a cephalometric landmark.[1] The anterior nasal spine is the projection formed by the fusion of the two maxillary bones at the intermaxillary suture. It is placed at the level of the nostrils, at the uppermost part of the philtrum and rarely fractures.[2]

Anterior nasal spine
Left maxilla. Nasal surface (anterior nasal spine labeled at bottom right)
The skull from the side. Anterior nasal spine is at right (shown in red).
LatinSpina nasalis anterior maxillae
Anatomical terms of bone

Additional images

See also


This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 158 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

  1. Albarakati, SF; Kula, KS; Ghoneima, AA (January 2012). "The reliability and reproducibility of cephalometric measurements: a comparison of conventional and digital methods". Dento maxillo facial radiology. 41 (1): 11–7. doi:10.1259/dmfr/37010910. PMC 3520271. PMID 22184624.
  2. Knipe, Henry. "Anterior nasal spine fracture | Radiology Case |". Retrieved 13 October 2018.

This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.