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Great auricular nerve

Other Terms: Nervus auricularis magnus, Nerf grand auriculaire

Description

The great auricular nerve is the largest ascending branch of the cervical nerve plexus. It arises from the branches of spinal nerves C2 and C3. It runs around the posterior border of the sternocleidomastoid puncturing the deep fascia. It climbs the sternocleidomastoid and platysma to the parotid gland. At this point it branches into an anterior and posterior branch. The anterior branch supplies the skin over the parotid gland. The posterior branch supplies the skin over the mastoid process. It also supplies the lateral surface of the concha and lobule.

Latin

Nervus auricularis magnus

French

Nerf grand auriculaire

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