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Journal of Orofacial & Health Sciences
Year : 2010, Volume : 1, Issue : 1
First page : ( 11) Last page : ( 14)
Print ISSN : 0976-5360.

Validity of Sella Turcica As a Skeletal Diagnostic Parameter

Dr. Kumar Mukesh, Post-Graduate Student, Dr. Kumar Reena. R., Professor & Head, Dr. Miglani Anil, Professor

Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics, DJ. College of Dental Sciences & Research, Modinagar.


Sella turcica and nasomaxillary complex are embryonically related to the neural crest cells. This study tested the null hypothesis that a phenotypic correlation exists between the sella turcica and skeletal malocclusions which could be the basis for early diagnosis. This randomised, prospective and cross-sectional study used lateral cephalogram of 90 orthodontic patients distributed equally amongst the genders and skeletal patterns, viz., skeletal class I, class II and class III.


All the measurement values were smaller for Skeletal class I subjects, while the results for skeletal class II and III were in conclusive. Females had a comparatively larger sella size.


Sella turcica dimension is related to skeletal malocclusions and has a potential to be used as an early diagnostic parameter for skeletal maturity. The variations in the Sella turcica dimension remained inconclusive statistically, but provides some clue to verify it ata more descriptive level.



Sella Turcica, Skeletal Malocclusions.


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