Pterygopalatine nerves

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Pterygopalatine nerves
Alveolar branches of superior maxillary nerve and pterygopalatine ganglion. (Pterygopalatine nerves visible but not labeled.)
Maxillary example system.svg
An illustration of the path of the Maxillary nerve.
Latin nervi pterygopalatini, nervi sphenopalatini
maxillary nerve
pterygopalatine ganglion
Gray's p.890
Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

The pterygopalatine nerves (or sphenopalatine branches), two in number, descend to the pterygopalatine ganglion.[1]

Although it is closely related to the pterygopalatine ganglion, it is still considered a branch of the maxillary nerve and does not synapse in the ganglion.[2]

It is found in the pterygopalatine fossa.[3]

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  1. ^ "eMedicine - Perineural Spread of Tumor Along the Fifth and Seventh Cranial Nerves : Article by Charles Lee". Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  2. ^ Hiatt, James L. PhD; Gartner, Leslie P. PhD (2010). Textbook of head and neck anatomy 4th edition. Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 295. ISBN 978-0-7817-8932-5. 
  3. ^ Anne M. R. Agur; Moore, Keith L. Essential Clinical Anatomy (Point (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins)). Hagerstown, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 562. ISBN 0-7817-6274-X. 

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