Triticeal cartilage

Definition: Calcification of the triticeal cartilage, which is located in the lateral thyrohyoid ligament.  This  is seen on pantomographs most commonly.

Radiographic Features:

Location: Inferior to the hyoid.

Edge: Well-defined with a smooth outline.

Shape: Round, ovoid, can have a ‘kidney bean’ shape.

Internal: Radiopaque border with a radiolucent center.

Other: May be unilateral or bilateral.

Number: Single per side.

Triticeal cartilage


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