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Cranial Nerve Nuclei

Name of nucleusLocationCranial Nerve(s)Functional CategoryFunction
Accessory Cervical spinal cord 11 SVE Motor to trapezius & SCM
Ambiguus Deep in superior medulla 9, 10 SVE Branchial motor to larynx/pharnyx
Superior salivatory Pontine/medullary junction 7 GVE Visceral motor to sublingual, submanibular, and lacrimal glands
Trigeminal motor mid-pons 5 SVE Branchial motor to muscles of mastication
Spinal nucleus of the Trigeminal lateral to ambiguus in medulla; from C-spinal cord to pons 5 GSA Pain, temp, some touch from head
Dorsal motor nucleus of the vagus medulla, vagal trigone 10 GVE Sensation thorax & abdomen
Chief sensory nucleus of V rostral-pons 5 GSA somatic sensation face/mouth
Mesencephalic nucleus of V Lateral to cerebral aqueduct, midbrain 5 GSA Sensation from muscles of mastication and mechanoreceptors from teeth, palate, gums
Vestibular nuclei rostral medulla, caudal pons 8 SSA Vestibular
Trigeminal Motor Nucleus rostral pons 5 GSA jaw jerk reflex
Inferior salivatory nucleus pons-medulla junction 9 GVE Parotid gland
Facial motor nucleus caudal pons 7 SVE Motor facial expression
Solitary nucleus superior medulla 7, 9, 10, 11 GVA, SVA gustation, feedback from respiratory
Hypoglossal nucleus rostral medulla, hypoglossal trigone 12 GSE Tongue
Cochlear nuclei rostral medulla 8 SSA hearing
Oculomotor midbrain, superior colliculus 3 GSE eye movt
trochlear midbrain, inf colliculus 4 GSE eye movt
abducens midpons 6 GSE eye movt
Edinger-Westphal midbrain, sup colliculus 3 GVE pupil constrictor, ciliary muscle
Created by: amyzastrow