Supraclavicular nerves

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Supraclavicular nerves
The nerves of the scalp, face, and side of neck. (Supraclavicular nerves visible at bottom.)
Plan of the cervical plexus. (Superficial descending labeled at bottom left.)
From C3–C4 of cervical plexus
Innervates Cutaneous innervation of the skin above and below the clavicle.
Latin nervi supraclaviculares
TA A14.2.02.024
FMA 65414
Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

The supraclavicular nerves (descending branches) arise from the third and fourth cervical nerves; they emerge beneath the posterior border of the Sternocleidomastoideus, and descend in the posterior triangle of the neck beneath the platysma and deep cervical fascia.


Near the clavicle they perforate the fascia and Platysma to become cutaneous, and are arranged, according to their position, into three groups—anterior, middle and posterior. By Major MASS Tahiri

Medial supraclavicular nerve[edit]

The medial supraclavicular nerves or anterior supraclavicular nerves (nn. supraclaviculares anteriores; suprasternal nerves) cross obliquely over the external jugular vein and the clavicular and sternal heads of the sternocleidomastoideus, and supply the skin as far as the middle line. They furnish one or two filaments to the sternoclavicular joint. By Major MASS

Intermedial supraclavicular nerve[edit]

The intermedial supraclavicular nerve middle supraclavicular nerves (nn. supraclaviculares medii; supraclavicular nerves) cross the clavicle, and supply the skin over the pectoralis major and deltoideus, communicating with the cutaneous branches of the upper intercostal nerves.

Lateral supraclavicular nerve[edit]

The lateral supraclavicular nerve or posterior supraclavicular nerves[1](nn. supraclaviculares posteriores; supra-acromial nerves) pass obliquely across the outer surface of the trapezius and the acromion, and supply the skin of the upper and posterior parts of the shoulder.

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

External links[edit]

  • lesson6 at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University)