20 cadaver mandibles were studied for the presence of an antilingula and its relationship to the true lingula and mandibular foramen. Three independent observers evaluated the mandibles for the presence of an antilingula. It could be identified on all 40 sides. On 9 of the sides, there was complete concordance on the position of the antilingula between the three observers. On the other 31 sides, however, there was a variation between observers of up to 11 mm. In only 43% of the cases was the antilingula within 5 mm of the true lingula. In most cases, the true lingula was postero-inferior to the antilingula. There was a negative horizontal and positive vertical correlation between the position of the antilingula on one side and its position on the contralateral side.
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- Oral Surgery