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Jugular Nerve
Nervous System

Jugular Nerve

Nervus jugularis

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Quick Facts

Origin: Superior cervical ganglion.

Course: Ascends to the cranial base where it divides into two unnamed branches that connect to the inferior glossopharyngeal ganglion and the superior vagal ganglion.

Branches: None.

Supply: Connects the superior cervical ganglion to the inferior glossopharyngeal and superior vagal ganglia.

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Origin

The jugular nerve is a sympathetic nerve that originates from the superior cervical ganglion.

Course

The jugular nerve ascends to the cranial base. Here it divides into two branches that connect to the inferior glossopharyngeal ganglion and the superior vagal ganglion.

Branches

There are no named branches.

Supplied Structures & Function

The jugular nerve connects the superior cervical ganglion to the inferior glossopharyngeal ganglion and the superior vagal ganglion.

List of Clinical Correlates

—Horner’s syndrome

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