Anastomoses of the vestibular, cochlear, and facial nerves

Sacide Ünel, Mehmet Yilmaz, Sait Albayram, Zehra Isk, Elvan Ceyhan, Huseyin Isildak, Michael Teixido, Yildiray Savas, Adem Kiris

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The internal auditory canal (IAC) is 10 to 17 mm in length, and the facial nerve and vestibulocochlear nerve, which consist of the cochlear nerve, the superior vestibular nerve, and the inferior vestibular nerve, run together in the IAC packaged in dura mater. Oort first described the vestibulocochlear anastomoses in 1918, which is important for the understanding of the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of otologic disorders. The current study documents the existence of vestibulofacial and vestibulocochlear neural connections and topographical relationship of the nerves as part of a radiologic evaluation of 73 human temporal bones from brainstem to the lateral portion of IAC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1358-1361
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Craniofacial Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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