Supratrochlear foramen of the humerus: An anatomico-radiological study with clinical implications

Soubhagya R. Nayak, Srijit Das, Ashwin Krishnamurthy, Latha V. Prabhu, Bhagath Kumar Potu

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Background. The supratrochlear foramen (STF) of the humerus has been a neglected entity in standard anatomy and orthopaedics text-books. The knowledge of the presence of STF in a humerus may be important for preoperative planning for treatment of supracondylar fractures. The presence of STF may also result in erroneous interpretation of radiographs. Methods. The STF was studied in detail in 384 (220 left side and 164 right side) human dried humeri of unknown sex and age. The topographical anatomy of the STF was studied in detail, morphometric measurements were taken, and the specimens were photographed. The humerus was also taken for radiological assessment of the STF and supratrochlear septum. Results. Out of the 384 bones studied, 132 cases (34.3%) showed the presence of STF. The STF was oval, round, and triangular in shape in 123, 7, and 2 cases, respectively. The mean length of the transverse diameter for supratrochlear foramen was 6.55 mm and 5.99 mm on the left and right sides, respectively. The mean length of the vertical diameter for STF was 4.85 mm and 3.81 mm on the left and right sides, respectively. Most of the bones that had no STF showed a translucency of septum, in 56.7% of the bones. Conclusions. The results of our study show that STF is more common on the right side, with the oval shape being more common. The respective sides did not exhibit any statistical significant differences. Presence of STF may be important for anthropological, clinical, and academic purpose.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-94
Number of pages5
JournalUpsala Journal of Medical Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Humerus
  • Intramedullary humeral nailing
  • Skiagram
  • Supratrochlear foramen
  • Translucency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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