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Chievitz's organ


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[J. H. Chievitz (1850–1901), Danish anatomist] A small structure located within the soft tissue overlying the angle of the mandible. It consists of multilobulated epithelium and has no direct connection with the parotid gland or the oral cavity. Although its function is uncertain, it may act as a mechanoreceptor and be involved in swallowing, mastication, and speech. Awareness of this structure is important to avoid unnecessary surgery. It is also known as the juxta-oral organ.

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