Vagus Nerve (CN X)

by Darren Salmi, MD, MS

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    00:01 Cranial nerve X, or the vagus nerve also carries out a lot of different functions, also have multiple nuclei.

    00:10 The vagus nerve is going to exit the cranial cavity along with cranial nerve IX through the jugular foramen.

    00:17 It's going to form several ganglia and innervate many areas for both sensation and motor supply.

    00:25 That's going to include several branches going to the larynx, and pharynx, as well as branches going to organs such as the heart and lungs.

    00:35 And in fact, it's going to branch all the way down to the esophagus where it forms a very thick plexus before passing through the diaphragm and reaching the abdomen, where it's going to innervate many more structures all the way up to the level of the transverse colon.

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    The lecture Vagus Nerve (CN X) by Darren Salmi, MD, MS is from the course Neurovasculature of the Head.

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    1. Transverse colon
    2. Descending colon
    3. Heart
    4. Lungs
    5. Esophagus

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     Darren Salmi, MD, MS

    Darren Salmi, MD, MS

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