Greater occipital nerve

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Nerve: Greater occipital nerve
Posterior primary divisions of the upper three cervical nerves. (Great occipital nerve labeled at center top.)
Gray's subject #209 923
Innervates    semispinalis capitis, scalp
From C2
/ Elsevier

Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]

The greater occipital nerve is a spinal nerve arising from the dorsal primary rami of cervical spinal nerve 2, between the first and second cervical vertebrae, along with the lesser occipital nerve.

It innervates the scalp at the top of the head, over the ear and over the parotid glands.

Clinical relevance

Disorder of this nerve is one of the causes of cervicogenic headaches, referred to as occipital neuralgias.

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External links

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