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Type: Journal article
Title: Anatomy of the nasal profile
Author: Anderson, K.
Henneberg, M.
Norris, R.
Citation: Journal of Anatomy, 2008; 213(2):210-216
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 0021-8782
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K. J. Anderson, M. Henneberg and R. M. Norris
Abstract: There is a lack in the understanding of the variation within the thickness of the soft tissue structures (muscle, skin and fat) overlying the cartilaginous skeleton of the nose and their relationship to the dorsum shape. We examined such relationships by dissecting noses of six adult female and six adult male cadavers, comparing the internal anatomical structures to the external nasal profile. We found that the soft tissue structures differ in thickness along the dorsum and that these differences are individualized. Specifically, continuous presence of subcutaneous fat from root to tip was found in half the sample, one nose had fat only on the tip, another one only on the root, the four others at both positions. The nasalis muscle was identifiable in nine of the 12 noses, transversing the nose in half the sample, and in the remaining three, only the lateral section of the muscle was identified. The superior border of the septal cartilage does not form a linear extension of the profile contour of the nasal bones but angles downwards. The actual profile contour of the dorsum does not follow the profile of the nasal bones or the septal cartilage. These results may influence the current use of nasal guidelines in forensic facial approximation.
Keywords: craniofacial reconstruction; forensic facial approximation; lateral cartilage; septal cartilage; subcutaneous fat
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RMID: 0020081614
DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7580.2008.00924.x
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