Extramucosal spaces of the head and neck

Laurie A. Loevner, Jenny K. Hoang

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The extramucosal head and neck consists of several distinct spaces bounded by fascia [1, 2]. Knowing the anatomy of these spaces and their contents helps the radiologist to describe and correctly diagnose pathology. Some neck diseases are incidental findings while others are large enough to present as a palpable mass. Other diseases are not large, but in a location that leads to symptoms of ear pain, ear pressure/fullness, tinnitus, dysphagia, or cranial nerve palsies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDiseases of the Brain, Head and Neck, Spine 2016-2019
Subtitle of host publicationDiagnostic Imaging
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783319300818
ISBN (Print)9783319300801
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Carotid space
  • Masticator space
  • Neoplasm
  • Oropharynx
  • Parapharyngeal space
  • Parotid space
  • Perivertebral
  • Retropharynx
  • Trigeminal nerve
  • Vertebral

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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