Cranial Nerve IV: Trochlear Nerve

by Craig Canby, PhD

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    00:00 Cranial nerve number IV, the trochlear nerve has only just one functional component and that is a general somatic efferent component. The trochlear nerve is transmitted through superior orbital fissure.

    00:19 This nerve innervates one skeletal muscle. This is a muscle that moves the eyeball, so it’s an extraocular muscle. That is the superior oblique muscle which we see here. Then we see the tendon coursing through the trochlea in the upper medial quarter of the eye and then we see the insertion of the superior oblique into the sclera of the eyeball. If the trochlear nerve is lesioned, the superior oblique will not function properly. That will then result in an eye movement that is down and in. As a result of the eye being down and in, it makes it difficult to look down. Some causes of damage to the trochlear nerve would be due to a microvasculopathy. This could result from damage to the microvasculature due to diabetes.

    01:24 Hypertension can cause damage to the microcirculation. Atherosclerosis can also impede the ability of the trochlear nerve to receive an adequate blood flow. Tumors are always a consideration. Then an aneurysm of an artery that would be impinging upon the trochlear nerve could cause it to lesion as well.

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    The lecture Cranial Nerve IV: Trochlear Nerve by Craig Canby, PhD is from the course 12 Cranial Nerves and Their Functions.

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    1. Superior oblique muscle
    2. Inferior oblique muscle
    3. Lateral rectus muscle
    4. Inferior rectus muscle
    5. Superior rectus muscle
    1. Going downstairs
    2. Looking for objects on the right side
    3. Going upstairs
    4. Looking for distant objects
    5. Looking for objects on the left side

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     Craig Canby, PhD

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    Neuro is not that bad!
    By Santiago R. on 15. November 2017 for Cranial Nerve IV: Trochlear Nerve

    I find verything related to the brain and nerves to be very difficult to understand, but Dr. Canby makes it easy to get and this makes the whole learning process far more enjoyable. I don't know if it's just me but when I really like the lessons and the teacher, its much easier for me to pay attention and keep on listening.

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    By William J. on 25. September 2017 for Cranial Nerve IV: Trochlear Nerve

    Concise and easy to understand as always! The trochlear nerve only innervates the superior oblique muscle, but Dr Canby's diagrams are excellent - far better than what we use in lectures! I'm a happy student!

    By Shirley E. on 18. April 2017 for Cranial Nerve IV: Trochlear Nerve

    The information is sound but he's boring, He does not make the material interesting. I find it hard to pay attention or not fall asleep during his lectures and therefore i do not do well with the quizzes.