Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Neuralgia Glossopharyngeal Anatomy

To better understand glossopharyngeal neuralgia, it helps to understand the anatomy of the cranial nerves.

The glossopharyngeal nerve is cranial nerve IX (9).

It is a nerve that supplies sensation to the back of the throat and tongue. It also supplies motor function to the pharynx and the larynx.

Last Updated: Nov 6, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Neuralgia Glossopharyngeal References
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