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

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1159-1166
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Anatomy
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • arterial supply
  • blood supply
  • cranial nerves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Histology


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