Pterygopalatine nerves

The pterygopalatine nerves (or sphenopalatine branches), two in number, descend to the pterygopalatine ganglion.[1]

Pterygopalatine nerves
Alveolar branches of superior maxillary nerve and pterygopalatine ganglion. (Pterygopalatine nerves visible but not labeled.)
An illustration of the path of the Maxillary nerve.
Frommaxillary nerve
Topterygopalatine ganglion
Latinnervi pterygopalatini, nervi sphenopalatini
Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

Although it is closely related to the pterygopalatine ganglion, it is still considered a branch of the maxillary nerve and does not synapse in the ganglion.[2]

It is found in the pterygopalatine fossa.[3]

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 890 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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  2. Hiatt, James L.; Gartner, Leslie P. (2010). Textbook of head and neck anatomy 4th edition. Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 295. ISBN 978-0-7817-8932-5.
  3. Anne M. R. Agur; Moore, Keith L. Essential Clinical Anatomy (Point (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins)). Hagerstown, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 562. ISBN 0-7817-6274-X.

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