The duplication of the optic canals in human skulls 536-537
Sanjeev Kolagi, Associate professor
Department of Anatomy
S N Medical college, Navanagar, Bagalkot-587103,
Karnataka, India , Emailemail@example.com
Introduction: Optic canal connects the middle cranial fossa to the apex of the orbit . It is traversed by the optic nerve, ophthalmic artery, and branches from the periarterial sympathetic plexuses. Duplication of the optic canal is rare, seen in both sexes, at various ages and in a number of racesMaterial and methods: The presence of duplication of optic canals was studied in 400 adult human skulls, collected from the department of Anatomy & Forensic medicine. It includes 80skulls aged below 40 years of age and 320 skulls aged above 40 years. Results: Duplication of optic canal was found in 11 skulls. Among which 3 skulls had Bilateral and the rest had unilateral duplication of optic canal. Conclusion: Knowledge regarding duplication of optic canal is useful in performing surgical exploration of optic canal during tumor removal, decompression, or while approaching cavernous sinus or sella.