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Ciliary Ganglion
Nervous System

Ciliary Ganglion

Ganglion ciliare

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Quick Facts

Location: Posterior orbit.

Branches: Receives preganglionic parasympathetic fibers from the oculomotor nerve and send fibers to the short ciliary nerves.

Supply: Sensory and parasympathetic. Ciliary muscle and sphincter pupillae.

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Location

The ciliary ganglion is a collection of postganglionic neuronal cell bodies that sit in the posterior aspect of the orbit, behind the eyeball.

Branches

The ciliary ganglion receives preganglionic parasympathetic fibers from the oculomotor nerve. The postganglionic fibers leaving the otic ganglion join up with the short ciliary nerves.

Supplied Structures

The fibers of the ciliary ganglion target the ciliary muscle and sphincter pupillae.

List of Clinical Correlates

—Accommodation reflex

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Ciliary Ganglion

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In the chicken ciliary ganglion the cells that subsequently die are as well differentiated as surviving cells (Pilar and Landmesser, 1976), and all cells, including nonsurvivors, receive preganglionic innervation (Landmesser and Pilar, 1972).

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