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Meningeal Branch of Vagus Nerve (Right)
Nervous System

Meningeal Branch of Vagus Nerve (Right)

Ramus meningeus nervi vagi

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Quick Facts

Origin: Superior ganglion of vagus nerve.

Course: Runs from the superior ganglion back through the jugular foramen to become intracranial, where it spreads throughout the dura of the posterior cranial fossa.

Branches: None.

Supply: General somatic sensation from the dura of the posterior cranial fossa.

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Origin

The meningeal branch is first seen splitting from the vagus nerve at the superior ganglion.

Course

From the superior ganglion, the meningeal branch backtracks along the vagus nerve, heading through the jugular ganglion back into the cranium. Once in the cranium, the meningeal branch spreads out to innervate the dura of the posterior cranial fossa.

Branches

There are no named branches.

Supplied Structures

The meningeal branch of the vagus nerve is a sensory nerve. Its fibers convey general somatic sensation from the dura of the posterior cranial fossa back to the spinal nucleus of the trigeminal nerve in the brainstem.

List of Clinical Correlates

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