Anatomical hierarchy

Deep spaces of face and neck > Submental space



The submental space lies in the midline below the chin, medially to the U-shaped submandibular space with which it freely communicates.



  • superiorly: mylohyoid muscle
  • inferiorly: superficial layer of the deep cervical fascia
  • laterally: anterior bellies of the digastric muscles
  • anteriorly: mandible
  • posterior: hyoid bone



  • anterior jugular vein
  • submental lymph nodes (level 1a)

Harnsberger HR, Glastonbury CM, Michel MA et-al. Diagnostic Imaging: Head and Neck. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. (2010) ISBN:1931884781
Imaging of the Head and Neck. Thieme. (2012) ISBN:3131505311.
Gray's Anatomy (20th U.S. edition of Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body, published in 1918)


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