Arterial supply of the upper cranial nerves: a comprehensive review

Philipp Hendrix, Christoph J. Griessenauer, Paul Foreman, Mohammadali M. Shoja, Marios Loukas, R. Shane Tubbs (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    The arterial supply to the upper cranial nerves is derived from a complex network of branches derived from the anterior and posterior cerebral circulations. We performed a comprehensive literature review of the arterial supply of the upper cranial nerves with an emphasis on clinical considerations. Arteries coursing in close proximity to the cranial nerves regularly give rise to small vessels that supply the nerve. Knowledge of the arteries supplying the cranial nerves is of particular importance during surgical approaches to the skull base. Clin. Anat. 27:1159–1166, 2014.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1159-1166
    Number of pages8
    JournalClinical Anatomy
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014


    • Arterial supply
    • Blood supply
    • Cranial nerves


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