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Anatomy Atlases: Illustrated Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation: Opus III: Nervous System: Cervical Spinal Nerves: Ansa Cervicalis

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation: Opus III: Nervous System: Cervical Spinal Nerves

Ansa Cervicalis

Ronald A. Bergman, PhD
Adel K. Afifi, MD, MS
Ryosuke Miyauchi, MD

Peer Review Status: Internally Peer Reviewed

The ansa cervicalis may arise from the first, second and third or only from the second and third cervical nerves.

The ramus descendens hypoglossi may be replaced by the vagus (CN X). When no ansa is present, the innervation of the infrahyoid muscles is by branches arising directly from C2 and C3. The nerve to the thyrohyoid may arise as a branch of the ramus descendens hypoglossi.

The phrenic nerve may also receive a contribution from the descendens hypoglossi.

Variable connections with the cervical sympathetic trunk have been reported.


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