Radiographic manifestations of Mnckeberg arteriosclerosis in the head and neck region. Academic Article uri icon


  • Mnckeberg sclerosis is a disease of unknown etiology, characterized by dystrophic calcification within the arterial tunica media of the lower extremities leading to reduced arterial compliance. Medial calcinosis does not obstruct the lumina of the arteries, and therefore does not lead to symptoms or signs of limb or organ ischemia. Mnckeberg sclerosis most commonly occurs in aged and diabetic individuals and in patients on dialysis. Mnckeberg arteriosclerosis is frequently observed in the visceral arteries, and it can occur in the head and neck region as well. This report describes a remarkable case of Mnckeberg arteriosclerosis in the head and neck region as detected on dental imaging studies. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case that has been reported in which this condition presented in the facial vasculature. The aim of this report was to define the radiographic characteristics of Mnckeberg arteriosclerosis in an effort to assist health care providers in diagnosing and managing this condition.

published proceedings

  • Imaging Sci Dent

author list (cited authors)

  • Tahmasbi-Arashlow, M., Barghan, S., Kashtwari, D., & Nair, M. K.

citation count

  • 14

publication date

  • March 2016