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Superficial Temporal Branches of Auriculotemporal Nerve (Left)
Nervous System

Superficial Temporal Branches of Auriculotemporal Nerve (Left)

Rami temporales superficiales nervi auriculotemporalis

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Quick Facts

Origin: Auriculotemporal nerve.

Course: Run superiorly with the superficial temporal artery and vein to be distributed across the posterior temple.

Branches: None.

Supply: Convey general sense information from the skin of the posterior temple.

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Origin

The superficial temporal branches of the auriculotemporal nerve represent the terminal continuation of the auriculotemporal nerve.

Its sensory fibers have cell bodies located in the trigeminal ganglion.

Course

The superficial temporal branches of the auriculotemporal nerve run from their origin roughly anterior to the external acoustic meatus superiorly. They join with the superficial temporal artery and vein on the surface of the temporalis fascia and run superiorly along the anterior edge of the ear, in the posterior temporal fossa, and towards the apex of the skull.

Branches

There are no named branches.

Supplied Structures

The superficial temporal branches of the auriculotemporal nerve are sensory nerves. They convey general sense information from the skin of the posterior temple.

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Auriculotemporal Nerve

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The auriculotemporal nerve is a branch of the mandibular division of the trigeminal nerve and supplies sensation to the tragus and helical crus.

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