Anatomy of the glossopharyngeal nerve

R. Shane Tubbs (Lead / Corresponding author), Mohammadali M. Shoja, Marios Loukas

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The glossopharyngeal nerve is a lower cranial nerve arising in the posterior cranial fossa. Although this nerve has multiple branches and functional components, it is often overlooked clinically. This ninth cranial nerve has a close relation to the vagus nerve both structurally and functionally. Although the glossopharyngeal nerve is primarily a sensory nerve, it also carries autonomic and somatic motor fibers. This chapter will review the detailed anatomy of the glossopharyngeal nerve.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNerves and nerve injuries
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1: history, embryology, anatomy, imaging, and diagnostics
EditorsR. Shane Tubbs, Elias Rizk, Mohammadali M. Shoja, Marios Loukas, Nicholas Barbaro, Robert J. Spinner
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9780124104471, 9780124103900
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2015


  • Anatomy
  • Cranial nerve
  • Cranial nerve IX
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neurosurgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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