Highest nasal concha

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Highest nasal concha
Latin Concha nasi suprema,[1]
concha nasalis suprema
TA A06.1.02.012
FMA 57457
Anatomical terms of bone
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The highest nasal concha or supreme nasal concha is a nasal concha (turbinate) that occurs in some cases. It is shaped like a seashell and found on the posterosuperior part of the lateral nasal wall.[2] It lies on the medial surface of the labyrinth of ethmoid above the superior nasal concha. This makes the highest of four nasal conchae, and the highest of three on the ethmoid bone. It is often no more than a small, simple crest protruding from the nasal wall.

The space below and the fissure lateral to the concha are known as the supreme nasal meatus.[2]

It was historically known as Santorini's concha, after Giovanni Domenico Santorini.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Terminologia Anatomica TA98
  2. ^ a b Supreme nasal concha. (n.d.) Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing. (2012). Retrieved April 16 2015 from [1]
  3. ^ Supreme nasal concha. (n.d.) Medical Eponyms. (2012). Retrieved April 16 2015 from [2]
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