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Head and Neck Anatomy Mnemonics

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  Branches of facial nerve:
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Temporal, Zygomatic, Buccal, Masseteric, Cervical
  Bell's palsy:
BELL'S Palsy
  • Blink reflex abnormal
  • Earache
  • Lacrimation [deficient, excess]
  • Loss of taste
  • Sudden onset
  • Palsy of VII nerve muscles

All symptoms are unilateral.

  Scalp nerve supply:
  • Greater occipital/ Greater auricular
  • Lesser occipital
  • Auriculotemporal
  • Supratrochlear
  • Supraorbital
  Innervation of the Face:
Mandibular nerve: Mastication.
Facial nerve: Facial expression.
  Composition of cranial nerves (Motor, Sensory, or Both):
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Sensory, sensory motor, motor, both, motor, both, sensory, both, both, motor, motor in the order of cranial nerves starting from the optic (cranial nerve I).
  Lacrimal nerve path:
Lacrimal's story of 8 L's
Lacrimal nerve runs on Lateral wall of orbit above Lateral rectus, then Lets communicating branch join in, then supplies Lacrimal gland, then Leaves it and supplies Lateral upper eye Lid!
  Trigeminal nerve relations in the skull (foramina):
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  • Superior orbital fissure is V1 (1st branch)
  • foramen Rotundum is V2
  • foramen Ovale is V3
  Innervation of extra-ocular motor muscles:
LR6 (SO4) 3
LR6 Lateral rectus--> VI abductens
SO4 Superior Oblique--> IV Trochlear
3 The remaining 4 eyeball movers = III
  Extraocular muscles cranial nerve innervation:
LR6SO4 rest 3
  • Lateral Rectus is 6th
  • Superior Oblique is 4th
  • rest are all 3rd cranial nerve
  Ansa cervicalis nerves:
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  • Geniohyoid
  • Thyrohyoid
  • Superior Omohyoid
  • Sternothyroid
  • Sternohyoid
  • Inferior omohyoid

  Cervical plexus: arrangement of the important nerves:

? 4 compass points: clockwise from north on the right side of neck:
  • Great auricular
  • Lesser occipital
  • Accessory nerve pops out between L and S
  • Supraclavicular
  • Transverse cervical
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