|Nerve: Vestibular nerve|
|Inner ear illustration showing semicircular canal, hair cells, ampulla, cupula, vestibular nerve, & fluid|
|Terminal nuclei of the vestibular nerve, with their upper connections. (Schematic.)|
1. Cochlear nerve, with its two nuclei.
2. Accessory nucleus.
3. Tuberculum acusticum.
4. Vestibular nerve.
5. Internal nucleus.
6. Nucleus of Deiters.
7. Nucleus of Bechterew.
8. Inferior or descending root of acoustic.
9. Ascending cerebellar fibers.
10. Fibers going to raphé.
11. Fibers taking an oblique course.
13. Inferior sensory root of trigeminal.
14. Cerebrospinal fasciculus.
16. Fourth ventricle.
17. Inferior peduncle. Origin of striæ medullares.
|Gray's||subject #203 906|
The vestibular nerve is one of the two branches of the Vestibulocochlear nerve (the cochlear nerve being the other). It goes to the semicircular canals via the vestibular ganglion. It receives positional information.
The peripheral fibers divide into three branches:
- the superior branch passes through the foramina in the area vestibularis superior and ends in the utricle and in the ampullae of the superior and lateral semicircular ducts;
- the fibers of the inferior branch traverse the foramina in the area vestibularis inferior and end in the saccule;
- the posterior branch runs through the foramen singulare and supplies the ampulla of the posterior semicircular duct.
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