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Greater occipital nerve

Other Terms: Medial branch of posterior ramus of second cervical nerve, Nervus occipitalis major, Nerf grand occipital

Description

The greater occipital nerve is the medial branch of the dorsal ramus of the second cervical spinal nerve, C2. It arises from between the first and second vertebrae with the lesser occipital nerve. It runs posteriorly behind the articular processes. It runs to the inferior obliquus capitis muscle. This nerve penetrates the semispinalis capitis and trapezius muscles to innervate the skin of the posterior portion of the scalp to the vertex of the skull.

Latin

Nervus occipitalis major

French

Nerf grand occipital

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