tensor veli palatine

tensor veli palatine

a muscle of the soft palate that is composed of a vertical muscular part and a more horizontal fibrous part that forms the palatine aponeurosis. It tenses the soft palate so that the other muscles attached to the palate can work more effectively, and it opens the pharyngotympanic tube when the palate moves during yawning and swallowing.
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MRI showed (1) prominence of the left side of the tongue base in the oropharynx, best appreciated on T1-weighted images; (2) asymmetric T2 hyperintensity; (3) mild, diffuse enhancement of the left half of the tongue; and (4) atrophy of the left levator veli palatini and tensor veli palatine muscles.
1994; Greene, 2001; Travell & Simons, 2002) TMD high muscular activity can be exacerbated originating in this nucleus with its possible otic consequences from the tensor tympani and tensor veli palatine muscles participation.
If the tensor tympani and tensor veli palatine muscle dysfunction can generate otic symptoms each one separately, then the effects of ah agonist co-working are anatomically more problematic.