Anatomical localization of submandibular gland for botulinum toxin injection

J. H. Lee, B. N. Lee, S. O. Kwon, R. H. Chung, S. H. Han

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The aim of this study was to document the anatomical landmarks of the submandibular gland (SMG) for a botulinum toxin injection. Thirty-four SMGs from 20 cadavers were examined. The mean length of a reference line between the angle of the mandible and the gnathion was 94.8 ± 5.9 mm, the proximal and distal point of the SMG from the angle of the mandible was 10.6% (11.5 ± 3.5 mm) and 41.8% (40.9 ± 5.2 mm), respectively. The facial artery came out of the SMG at 11.6% (14.6 ± 3.4 mm) and the position of the intersection of the facial artery with the inferior border of the mandible was located at 24.4% (28.0 ± 5.5 mm) from the angle of the mandible. The shape of the SMG was generally triangular or irregular round on the anatomical position. The mean superior- inferior diameter, anterior-posterior diameter and medial-lateral diameter of the gland was 28.8 ± 4.1 mm, 30.0 ± 6.1 mm and 15.1 ± 3.5 mm, respectively. The safety zone for the injection was 20-35% from the mandible angle on the inferior view and 1.5 cm below the inferior line of the mandible on the lateral view. In addition, the needle should be inserted to a depth of 2.0 cm from the skin surface on the inferior view. These results may assist in determining a more accurate localization of injection sites for the SMG, particularly for injections without ultrasound guidance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)945-949
Number of pages5
JournalSurgical and Radiologic Anatomy
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 2010


  • Anatomy
  • Botulinum toxin
  • Drooling
  • Submandibular gland


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