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Pharyngeal Tubercle

The pharyngeal tubercle is located nearly 1 cm anterior as well as superior towards the foramen magnum and corresponds to the attachment points of the pharyngeal raphe along with the anterior longitudinal ligament and is hypothetically said to be the posterior expansion of the roof of the pharynx.

Pharyngeal Tubercle

Pharyngeal Tubercle

Two lines referred to as the superior and inferior clival lines are located lateral towards the pharyngeal tubercle, which resemble the connection of the longus capitis major as well as the rectus capitis anterior.


  • The pharyngeal tubercle gives connection to the upper terminal of fibrous raphe of the pharynx, where the constrictor muscles of pharynx are attached.
  • A recession on each portion of the pharyngeal tubercle obtains the attachment of longus capitis.
  • For the superior pharyngeal constrictor muscle, it acts as the point of connection.


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By Dr. Joseph H Volker | 2018-08-30T09:56:54+00:00 August 8th, 2018|Anatomy, Areas, Head and Neck|0 Comments