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Common Carotid Plexus (Left)
Nervous System

Common Carotid Plexus (Left)

Plexus caroticus communis

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Quick Facts

Origin: Continuation of the internal and external carotid plexuses, fibers from the cervical ganglia.

Course: Travels along the common carotid artery.

Branches: None.

Supply: Sympathetic efferent fibers to the glands and mucosa of the neck.

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Origin

The common carotid plexus is formed by the continuation of the external and internal carotid plexuses, with contributions from the superior cervical ganglion of the sympathetic trunk (Dorland, 2011).

Course

As the common carotid artery ascends through the neck, the sympathetic fibers forming the plexus follow it, traveling on the surface of the common carotid artery.

Branches

There are no named branches.

Supplied Structures

The common carotid plexus supplies sympathetic efferent innervation to the glands and mucosal linings of the neck.

List of Clinical Correlates

—Horner’s syndrome

—Anhidrosis

—Myosis

—Ptosis

References

Dorland, W. A. (2011) Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary. 32nd edition.

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