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Head & Neck Q3.3

Cranial Nerves and Foramina of the Skull

QuestionAnswer
Cribriform Plate Olefactory Nerve (CN I)
Optic Foramen Optic Nerve (CN II)
Superior Orbital Fissure Oculomotor Nerve (CN III), Trochlear Nerve (CN IV), Abducent Nerve (CN VI), and Ophthalmic Division of Trigeminal Nerve (CN V1)
Supraorbital Foramen Supraorbital Nerve (terminal branch of CN V1) and Supraorbital A.
Foramen Rotundum Maxillary Division of Trigeminal Nerve (CN V2)
Infraorbital Foramen Infraorbital Nerve (terminal branch of CN V2) and Infraorbital A.
Foramen Ovale Mandibular Division of Trigeminal (CN V3)
Mandibular Foramen & Canal Inferior Alveolar Nerve (from CN V3) and Inferior Alveolar A.
Mental Foramen Mental Nerve (terminal branch of Inferior Alveolar Nerve from CN V3) and Mental A. (branch of inferior alveolar a.)
Internal Acoustic (Auditory) Meatus Vestibulocochlear Nerve (CN VIII) and Facial Nerve (CN VII)
Sytlomastoid Foramen Facial Nerve (CN VII)
Jugular Foramen Glossopharyngeal Nerve (CN IX), Vagus Nerve (CN X), Accessory Nerve (CN XI), and the beginning of the Internal Jugular V.
Hypoglossal Canal Hypoglossal Nerve (CN XII)
Foramen Magnum Spinal Cord and Vertebral A.
Carotid Canal Internal Carotid A. *Note: Internal Carotid A. follows a zig-zag path before emerging lateral to the sella turcica*
Foramen Spinosum Middle Meningeal A.
Foramen Lacerum In life, this opening is filled with cartilage; therefore, nothing passes through it.
Nasolacrimal Canal Canal for drainage of tears from the medial eye into the nasal cavity
Created by: enroth