Anatomy of the Glossopharyngeal Nerve

R. Shane Tubbs, 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 (US)
Title of host publicationHistory, Embryology, Anatomy, Imaging, and Diagnostics
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780124104471
ISBN (Print)9780124103900
StatePublished - Apr 23 2015
Externally publishedYes


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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