Lesser palatine foramina

Last revised by Dr Ayla Al Kabbani on 04 Jul 2019

The lesser palatine foramina are 2 small foramina representing the openings in the hard palate of the lesser palatine canal (which is a small accessory canal arising form the greater palatine canal). They are located in the posterior palatine bone posterior to the greater palatine foramen and posteromedial to the third molar tooth, on the base of the pyramidal process.

They transmit the lesser palatine nerves and vessels.

See also

Anatomy: Head and neck

Anatomy: Head and neck

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