Case Report

Bifid mandibular canal: an aberrant anatomic variation

Vijay Kumar

Vijay Kumar
Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Centre for Dental Education and Research, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. Email: kumarvijay29@gmail.com
Online First: August 01, 2017 | Cite this Article
Kumar, V. 2017. Bifid mandibular canal: an aberrant anatomic variation. Journal of Dentomaxillofacial Science 2(2): 133-134. DOI:10.15562/jdmfs.v2i2.531


Objective: To review the literature and to present the report of a case with bifid mandibular canal.

Methods: A cone-beam computed tomography scan with incidental finding of bifid mandibular canal was studied and presented in different sections.

Results: The MC is a bilateral channel in the mandible that gives the passage to the inferior alveolar nerve, artery, and vein. It usually presents as a single canal where a variation in anatomy has been reported. The bifid mandibular canal is such an anatomic variant where it splits into two canals.

Conclusion: The role of CBCT scans can be emphasized while performing procedures on posterior mandibular region, as it can provide the vital information regarding anatomical variation to avoid iatrogenic complication.

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