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International Journal of Morphology

versión On-line ISSN 0717-9502

Int. J. Morphol. vol.31 no.4 Temuco dic. 2013 

Int. J. Morphol., 31(4):1399-1400, 2013.


Transversus Menti Muscle in a Thai Cadaver


Músculo Transversus Menti en un Cadaver Tailandés


Kittisak Sripanidkulchai*; Kowit Chaisiwamongkol* & Sitthichai Iamsaard*

* Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Khon kaen, Thailand.

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SUMMARY: In submental and around the mouth areas, the superfacial muscles are considered in surgery of some deformities of mouth angle. Herein, we report a rare case of the Transversus menti muscle (TM) in a Thai 74 year-old male cadaver. This TM originated from both sides of the oblique line of depressor anguli oris and formed as transverse fibers in submental area. Their fiber ran under the chin and was superficial to platysma muscle. The TM was innervated and supplied by mandibular branches of facial nerve and small branches of the submental artery. This report attempted to discuss the possible function and clinical significance of the TM.

KEY WORDS: Transversus menti muscle (TM); Submental area; Depressor anguli oris muscle; Platysma muscle.

RESUMEN: Alrededor de la boca y en áreas submentonianas, los músculos superficiales son considerados en la cirugía de algunas deformidades del ángulo de la boca. Este estudio presenta un caso raro de músculo transversus menti (TM), en un cadáver tailandés de sexo masculino de 74 años de edad. El músculo TM se originó a partir de los dos lados de la línea oblicua del músculo depresor del ángulo oral y se formó como fibras transversales en el área submentoniana. Sus fibras se desplazaron debajo del mentón y superficialmente al platisma. El músculo TM estaba inervado e irrigado por ramos mandibulares de nervio facial y pequeñas ramas de la arteria submentoniana. Se discute su posible función y el significado clínico del músculo TM.

PALABRAS CLAVE: Musculo transversus menti (TM); Área submentoniana; Músculo depressor anguli oris; Platisma.



The depressor muscles of the mouth are part of the superficial facial muscles that are important for considerations of some cosmetic or reconstructive facial plastic surgeries. These muscles are composed of depressor labii inferioris, depressor anguli oris, mentalis, orbicularis oris, platysma, and transversus menti (also called transverse muscle of the chin). Among those muscles, the transversus menti muscle (TM) is a superfacial muscle located in submental region and is clinically considered to use in reconstruction of some defects around the mouth angle (Weaver, 1978). In general, the TM is considered to be a muscular strip originating from the depressor anguli oris (DAO) muscle crossing as transverse fibers to opposite muscle. It is innervated by buccal or mandibular branch of facial nerve. Functionally, TM can depress angle of mouth and displace angle medially. In the literatures, the TM could be found in a variant type of the platysma muscle (Lanz & Wachsmuth, 1955; Kim et al., 2001). Interestingly, it has been observed that the TM was present in 9 of 16 cadaver specimens (Weaver). However, this variation which has clinical significant has never been reported in Thai people.


During the routine dissection of embalmed cadavers for teaching medical students at the Medical Gross Anatomy Laboratory in the Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medi cine, Khon Kaen University in 2011-2012, we found the transversus menti muscle (TM), a thin superficial muscular band present under the submental region, of a Thai 74 year-old male cadaver (Fig. 1). Their muscular fibers transversely run between right and left depressor anguli oris (DAO) muscle. Its muscular fibers were transverse and superficial to the platysma muscle (Fig. 1). The TM was approximately 5.5 cm in length, 0.9 cm in width measured (measured at the broadest point), and 0.1 mm in thickness, respectively. In addition, it was innervated by the mandibular branches of facial nerve and supplied by small branches of the submental artery.

Fig. 1. Photograph (A) and schematic drawing (B) (ventro-lateral submental approach) showing the submentalis muscle strip originating from the depressor anguli oris. ReF= reflected fascia, TM= transversus menti muscle, Me= mentalis, Li= lips, No= nose, Ey= eye, DAO= depressor anguli oris muscle, Lla= platysma muscle.


The frequency of transversus menti muscle (TM) has been reported to be present in approximately 50% of people (Weaver 1978). From our expertise in routine dissection of neck and face more than 25 years, TM is the first case that we have observed in our department (Fig. 1). Therefore, it is a very rare case found in Thais.

As Weaver described, the TM in this report had same anatomy of origin, insertion, nerve and blood supplies. These may imply similar functions: depressing angle of mouth and displacing angle medially.

In development, it is possible that TM's myotomes differentiated from same myotomes of depressor anguli oris (DAO) muscle because TM continuous runs transversely between left and right DAO across the chin observed in adult (Fig. 1). Therefore, TM should be classified as a variation of the DAO although it was included to be a variant type of platysma muscle (Lanz & Wachsmuth; Kim et al.). Currently, cosmetic or reconstructive facial plastic surgeries including submental area rejuvenation are relatively popular. For rejuvenation of the submental area during a cervicofacial rhytidectomy, the levels of difficulties and limitations of operation depend on variant anatomy of skin, subcutaneous fat, platysma, etc. (Colville & Patel, 2001; Labbé et al., 2013; Giordano et al., 2011). To decrease such levels, the present of TM is also concerned. In addition, it has been suggested that the TM can be used for reconstruction of some deformities around the mouth angle (Weaver).


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Correspondence to:

Sitthichai Iamsaard

Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine
Khon Kaen University
Muang Khon Kaen


Received: 07-06-2013
Accepted: 09-09-2013

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