Cranial nerve ganglia

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Cranial nerve ganglia
Latin ganglion craniospinale sensorium
TA A14.2.00.007
FMA 5887
Anatomical terminology

In neuroanatomy, the cranial nerve ganglia are either parasympathetic or sensory ganglia of the cranial nerves .[1]


The four cranial autonomic ganglia are:

However, the autonomic ganglia of the Vagus nerve (X) form lie outside of the head, frequently within the organ which they innervate. In the case of the gut, for example, the autonomic neurones do not form distinct ganglia, but rather the preganglionic neurons synapse within the Enteric nervous system.



  1. ^ Purves, Dale, George J. Augustine, David Fitzpatrick, William C. Hall, Anthony-Samuel LaMantia, James O. McNamara, and Leonard E. White (2008). Neuroscience. 4th ed. Sinauer Associates. pp. 12–13. ISBN 978-0-87893-697-7.