Posterior auricular nerve

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Posterior auricular nerve
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Plan of the facial and intermediate nerves and their communication with other nerves. (Post. auricular br. labeled at bottom left.)
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The nerves of the scalp, face, and side of neck. (Post. auricular visible near center, behind ear.)
Details
Latin n. auricularis posterior
Innervates posterior auricular muscle, occipitalis muscle (posterior part of occipitofrontalis)
From
facial nerve
Identifiers
Gray's p.905
Dorlands
/Elsevier
n_05/12565234
TA A14.2.01.102
FMA FMA:53278
Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

The posterior auricular nerve arises from the facial nerve close to the stylomastoid foramen and runs upward in front of the mastoid process; here it is joined by a filament from the auricular branch of the vagus and communicates with the posterior branch of the great auricular as well as with the lesser occipital.

As it ascends between the external acoustic meatus and mastoid process it divides into auricular and occipital branches.

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This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.