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Anatomy Atlases: Illustrated Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation: Opus III: Nervous System: Plexuses: Greater Auricular Nerve

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation: Opus III: Nervous System: Plexuses

Great Auricular Nerve

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

Peer Review Status: Internally Peer Reviewed


The mastoid branch of the great auricular nerve may arise independently from the cervical plexus, in which case it passes upward between the lesser occipital and great auricular nerves to reach its destination.

The great auricular nerve may arise solely from the third or from the third and fourth cervical nerves.


References

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Schaefer, E.A., Symington, J. and T.H. Bryce., Eds. (1915) Quain's Anatomy, 11th ed., Longmans, Green, and Co., London.

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