Third occipital nerve

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Third occipital nerve
Posterior primary divisions of the upper three cervical nerves. (Third occipital nerve visible at center.)
Diagram of the distribution of the cutaneous branches of the posterior divisions of the spinal nerves. (Third cervical labeled at top.)
From C3
Latin nervus occipitalis tertius
TA A14.2.02.009
FMA 65608
Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

While under the Trapezius, the medial branch of the posterior division of the third cervical nerve gives off a branch called the third occipital nerve (also known as the least occipital nerve), which pierces the Trapezius and ends in the skin of the lower part of the back of the head.

It lies medial to the greater occipital nerve and communicates with it.

Additional images[edit]

External links[edit]