Torus Palatinus

Ray Ballinger, MD, PhD

Straub Clinic and Hospital

rballinger at straub.net

Abstract

48 y/o female being followed up for an evacuated subdural hematoma

Keywords

ent head CT


Publication Date: 19 May 2004
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History and Images

48 y/o female being followed up for an evacuated subdural hematoma. Incidental finding noted on hard palate.

axial CT bone window

Findings

Two oval bone-density masses along the midline of the hard palate are seen.

Diagnosis

Torus Palatinus

Discussion

Torus Palatinus is a benign, frequently bilobulated bony exostosis that arises from the midline of the hard palate, protruding into the oral cavity. It becomes evident in early adulthood and has a prevalence of 2-3% They rarely cause any problem though may make fitting dentures difficult. Below is a coronal reconstruction of the torus in this particular patient.