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Parapharyngeal Space
Philip R. Chapman, MD; H. Ric Harnsberger, MD
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TERMINOLOGY

  • Abbreviations

    • Parapharyngeal space (PPS)
  • Synonyms

    • Some authors define PPS more broadly, separating it into prestyloid and poststyloid components
    • In this text, PPS preferred over prestyloid PPS and carotid space (CS) over poststyloid PPS
  • Definitions

    • PPS: Central, fat-filled space in lateral suprahyoid neck (SHN) around which most of important spaces are located
      • These surrounding important spaces are pharyngeal mucosal space (PMS), masticator space (MS), parotid space (PS), and CS

IMAGING ANATOMY

  • Overview

    • Extent

      • Anatomy Relationships

        • Internal Contents

          • Fascial of Parapharyngeal Space

            ANATOMY IMAGING ISSUES

            • Questions

              • Imaging Recommendations

                • Imaging Pitfalls

                  CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS

                  • Clinical Importance

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                    Tables

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                    TERMINOLOGY

                    • Abbreviations

                      • Parapharyngeal space (PPS)
                    • Synonyms

                      • Some authors define PPS more broadly, separating it into prestyloid and poststyloid components
                      • In this text, PPS preferred over prestyloid PPS and carotid space (CS) over poststyloid PPS
                    • Definitions

                      • PPS: Central, fat-filled space in lateral suprahyoid neck (SHN) around which most of important spaces are located
                        • These surrounding important spaces are pharyngeal mucosal space (PMS), masticator space (MS), parotid space (PS), and CS

                    IMAGING ANATOMY

                    • Overview

                      • Extent

                        • Anatomy Relationships

                          • Internal Contents

                            • Fascial of Parapharyngeal Space

                              ANATOMY IMAGING ISSUES

                              • Questions

                                • Imaging Recommendations

                                  • Imaging Pitfalls

                                    CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS

                                    • Clinical Importance