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Anatomy Atlases: Illustrated Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation: Opus III: Nervous System: Sympathetic Division: Superior Cervical Ganglion

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation: Opus III: Nervous System: Sympathetic Division

Superior Cervical Ganglion

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

Peer Review Status: Internally Peer Reviewed

The superior cervical ganglion may be doubled, with one part superficial to and the other posterior to the carotid sheath.

A variable number of fibers from the superior ganglion join the inferior ganglion of the vagus, hypoglossal, and descendens cervicalis nerves. Ganglion cells, intermingled with nerve fibers from the sympathetic trunk, have been reported within the cranium.


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