Abstract
RETROSPECTIVE STUDY OF CALCIFIED TRITICEOUS CARTILAGE DETECTED ON DIGITAL PANORAMIC RADIOGRAPHS, CORRELATING WITH AGE AND GENDER AND DIFFERENTIATING FROM CAROTID ARTERY CALCIFICATIONS- INSTITUTIONAL STUDY

*Dr. Shalvi Vora, Dr. Freny Karjodkar and Dr. Kaustubh Sansare

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Objectives: The purpose of this study was detect prevalence of calcified triticeous cartilage on digital panoramic radiograph of an institutional population and to differentiate calcified triticeous cartilage from carotid artery calcification. Material and Methods: Retrospective study was conducted on 500 archived digital panoramic radiographs of Indian adults to check prevalence of Calified triticeous cartilage. The Calcified Triticeous Cartilage was identified as an oval with a smooth, well‑defined radiopacity located between the superior horn of the thyroid cartilage and the greater horn of the hyoid bone at the level of the third and the fourth cervical vertebrae. Results: Calcified triticeous cartilage were present in 15 patients 10 were male and 5 were female. Out of 15 cases; 7 patients showed unilateral calcified triticeous cartilage and 8 showed bilateral triticeous cartilage. Conclusions: Careful attention to differences in morphology and location of calicified triticeous cartilage and carotid atheroma on panoramic radiographs enables clinician to distinguish between two.

Keywords: Carotid atheroma, Panoramic radiograph, Triticeous cartilage.


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