Mandibular Myalgia and Miniscule Meckel's Caves

ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec. 2018;80(2):103-107. doi: 10.1159/000489462. Epub 2018 Jul 11.


Trigeminal neuropathy manifests as episodic sharp, shooting pain in the maxillofacial region. Contributory etiologies are myriad, ranging from central pathology affecting its origin in the brainstem to peripheral processes affecting their distal-most insertion sites. We present a case of bilateral hypoplastic Meckel's caves in an adult patient leading to the clinical symptomology of trigeminal neuralgia. To the best of our knowledge, this is the only report of its kind highlighting this anatomic variant.

Keywords: Meckel’s cave; Trigeminal ganglion; Trigeminal neuropathy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
  • Mandible
  • Myalgia / etiology*
  • Petrous Bone / abnormalities*
  • Petrous Bone / diagnostic imaging
  • Trigeminal Nerve / abnormalities*
  • Trigeminal Nerve / diagnostic imaging
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia / etiology*