Zygomaticofacial nerve

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Zygomaticofacial nerve
Distribution of the maxillary and mandibular nerves, and the submaxillary ganglion (zygomaticofacial not labeled, but region visible)
Mandibular division of the trifacial nerve (zygomaticofacial labeled at center right)
From Zygomatic nerve
Innervates Prominence of the cheek
Latin Ramus zygomaticofacialis nervi zygomatici
TA A14.2.01.058
FMA 52973
Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

The zygomaticofacial nerve or zygomaticofacial branch of zygomatic nerve (malar branch) passes along the infero-lateral angle of the orbit, emerges upon the face through the zygomaticofacial foramen in the zygomatic bone, and, perforating the orbicularis oculi to reach the skin of the malar area.

It joins with the zygomatic branches of the facial nerve and with the inferior palpebral branches of the maxillary nerve (V2).

The area of skin supplied by this nerve is over the prominence of the cheek.[1]


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

  1. ^ Hwang K, Jin S, Park JH, Chung IH (2007). "Cutaneous distribution of zygomaticofacial nerve". The Journal of craniofacial surgery. 18 (3): 575–7. PMID 17538320. doi:10.1097/SCS.0b013e3180338584. 

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