Superior ganglion of vagus nerve

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Superior ganglion of vagus nerve
Plan of upper portions of glossopharyngeal, vagus, and accessory nerves. (Jugular ganglion visible near center.)
Latin ganglion superius nervi vagi, ganglion jugulare
Gray's p.911
TA A14.2.01.154
Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

The superior ganglion of the vagus nerve or jugular ganglion is a well-marked ganglionic enlargement of the vagus nerve. It is located in the middle part of the jugular foramen. It contains afferent somatosensory neuronal cell bodies that provide sensory information from the external auditory meatus (auricular branch), cranial meninges (meningeal branch), and the external surface of the tympanic membrane. Their central fibers synapse in the sensory trigeminal nucleus.[1]

It is a grayish color, spherical in form, and about 4 mm. in diameter.


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

  1. ^ Netter's Human Anatomy, 4th Edition

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External links[edit]

  • cranialnerves at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University) (X)