Cavernous nerve plexus
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|Cavernous nerve plexus|
Diagram of the cervical sympathetic. (Cavernous nerve plexus labeled at top.)
|Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy|
The cavernous nerve plexus is situated below and medial to that part of the internal carotid artery which is placed by the side of the sella turcica in the cavernous sinus, and is formed chiefly by the medial division of the internal carotid nerve.
The branch of communication with the oculomotor nerve joins that nerve at its point of division; the branch to the trochlear nerve joins it as it lies on the lateral wall of the cavernous sinus; other filaments are connected with the under surface of the ophthalmic nerve; and a second filament joins the abducent nerve.
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