Investigation of the relationship between “Sella Turcica Brid- ge” and “Ponticulus Posticus”: A Lateral Cephalometric Study

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Melek Tassoker; Hatice Kok & Sevgi Ozcan


The ponticulus posticus (PP) is a bridge of bone sometimes found on the atlas vertebra surrounding the vertebral artery and the first cervical nerve root. Sella turcica bridging (STB) is the fusion of anterior and posterior clinoid processes. The objective of this study was to find out the association between STB and PP. For the study, 752 digital lateral cephalograms were retrieved from the archived records of Necmettin Erbakan University, Faculty of Dentistry, Konya, Turkey. There was a significant relationship between the presence of STB and PP (p=0.000, p<0.001). This study indicates that there is a significant correlation between the presence of STB and PP.

KEY WORDS: Sella turcica; Lateral cephalometrics; Sella turcica bridging; Ponticulus posticus.

How to cite this article

TASSOKER, M.; KOK, H. & OZCAN, S. Investigation of the relationship between “Sella Turcica Bridge” and “Ponticulus Posticus”: A lateral cephalometric study. Int. J. Morphol., 35(1):337-344, 2017.