The zygomaticofacial nerve or zygomaticofacial branch of zygomatic nerve (malar branch) passes along the infero-lateral angle of the orbit, emerges upon the face through the zygomaticofacial foramen in the zygomatic bone, and, perforating the orbicularis oculi to reach the skin of the malar area.
Distribution of the maxillary and mandibular nerves, and the submaxillary ganglion (zygomaticofacial not labeled, but region visible)
Mandibular division of the trifacial nerve (zygomaticofacial labeled at center right)
|Innervates||Prominence of the cheek|
|Latin||Ramus zygomaticofacialis nervi zygomatici|
|Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy|
It joins with the zygomatic branches of the facial nerve and with the inferior palpebral branches of the maxillary nerve (V2).
The area of skin supplied by this nerve is over the prominence of the cheek.
This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 889 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)
- Hwang K, Jin S, Park JH, Chung IH (2007). "Cutaneous distribution of zygomaticofacial nerve". The Journal of craniofacial surgery. 18 (3): 575–7. doi:10.1097/SCS.0b013e3180338584. PMID 17538320.
- Anatomy figure: 33:05-00 at Human Anatomy Online, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
- MedEd at Loyola GrossAnatomy/h_n/cn/cn1/cnb2.htm
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