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Brainstem and Cranial Nerves: Overview and Medulla 

Brainstem and Cranial Nerves: Overview and Medulla
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Brainstem and Cranial Nerves: Overview and Medulla
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Kelly D. Flemming

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190214883.003.0008
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date: 23 October 2019

This chapter and the following 3 chapters will review the anatomy of the brainstem and cranial nerves. This chapter contains an overview of the cranial nerves as well as important structures at the level of the medulla. There are 12 pairs of cranial nerves (numbered I through XII). Like spinal nerves, cranial nerves contain sensory or motor fibers or a combination of fiber types. These fibers are classified by their embryologic origin or common structural and functional characteristics.

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