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Nerve: Cervical spinal nerve
Dermatome distribution of the trigeminal nerve
Latin nervi cervicales
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cervical nerves are the spinal nerves from the cervical vertebrae.
Although there are seven cervical vertebrae (C1-C7), there are eight cervical nerves (C1-C8). All nerves except C8 emerge
above their corresponding vertebrae, while the C8 nerve emerges below the C7 vertebra. (In the other portions of the spine, the nerve emerges below the vertebra with the same name.)
Dorsal (posterior) distribution includes the
greater occipital (C2) and third occipital (C3).
Ventral (anterior) distribution includes the
cervical plexus (C1-C4) and brachial plexus (C5-C8)
Additional images Edit
The nerves of the scalp, face, and side of neck.
Hypoglossal nerve, cervical plexus, and their branches.
Posterior primary divisions of the upper three cervical nerves.
Diagram of the distribution of the cutaneous branches of the posterior divisions of the spinal nerves.
Areas of distribution of the cutaneous branches of the posterior divisions of the spinal nerves.
The right brachial plexus with its short branches, viewed from in front.
Side of neck, showing chief surface markings.
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Nerves: spinal nerves
( anterior Cervical plexus, Brachial plexus) - ( posterior Posterior branches of cervical nerves, Suboccipital, Greater occipital, Third occipital)
anterior ( Intercostal, Intercostobrachial - T2, Thoraco-abdominal nerves - T7-T11, Subcostal - T12) - posterior ( Posterior branches of thoracic nerves)
anterior ( Lumbar plexus, Lumbosacral trunk) - posterior ( Posterior branches of the lumbar nerves, Superior cluneal L1-L3)
anterior ( Sacral plexus) - posterior ( Posterior branches of sacral nerves, Medial cluneal nerves)
anterior ( Coccygeal plexus) - posterior ( Posterior branch of coccygeal nerve)