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Nerve: Posterior auricular nerve
Gray788
Plan of the facial and intermediate nerves and their communication with other nerves. (Post. auricular br. labeled at bottom left.)
Gray790
The nerves of the scalp, face, and side of neck. (Post. auricular visible near center, behind ear.)
Latin n. auricularis posterior
Gray's subject #202 905
Innervates
From facial nerve
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MeSH [1]

The Posterior Auricular Nerve arises close to the stylo-mastoid foramen, and runs upward in front of the mastoid process; here it is joined by a filament from the auricular branch of the vagus, and communicates with the posterior branch of the great auricular, and with the lesser occipital.

As it ascends between the external acoustic meatus and mastoid process it divides into auricular and occipital branches.

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