Submasseteric space

Last revised by Francis Deng on 10 Sep 2021

The submasseteric space, also known as the masseteric space, is the inferolateral subcompartment of the masticator space located between the mandible and masseter muscle.

Gross anatomy

Relations and/or Boundaries

The submasseteric space has the following boundaries 1:

  • medially: mandible (ramus)
  • laterally: masseter muscle
  • superiorly: level of the zygomatic arch
  • anteriorly: anterior fascial limit of the masseter muscle
  • posteriorly: parotid gland

Related pathology

Infection may spread to this space from a mandibular molar or mandibular body and ramus fracture.

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