The anterior ligament of the human malleus

A. Cesarani, A. Tombolini, E. Fagnani, J. M. Domenech Mateu

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The authors have studied the anterior ligament of the malleus (ALM) from a morphological and embryological point of view. Classical textbooks of anatomy stress the correlation between the ALM and the anterior pin of the sphenoid and define the ligament as a residual of Meckel's cartilage. This study demonstrates the y-shaped form of the ligament, one arm of which reaches the capsule of the temporomandibular joint and the other the pin of the sphenoid bone. Meckel's cartilage pilots the fibres of the ligament itself. Several clinical implications may be hypothesised on the basis of this study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-316
Number of pages4
JournalActa Anatomica
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy


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