Cavernous nerve plexus

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Cavernous nerve plexus
Diagram of the cervical sympathetic. (Cavernous nerve plexus labeled at top.)
Latin plexus cavernosus
TA A14.3.03.006
FMA 67563
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.

It communicates with the oculomotor, the trochlear, the ophthalmic and the abducent nerves, and with the ciliary ganglion, and distributes filaments to the wall of the internal carotid artery.

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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This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)