Facial colliculus

Last revised by Rohit Sharma on 19 Feb 2024

The facial colliculus is an elevation on the floor of the fourth ventricle and is not formed by the facial nucleus, but by the fibers of the facial nerve arching backward around the abducens nucleus before turning forwards once more in the caudal pons.

Related pathology

A lesion involving the facial colliculus is, therefore, likely to result in facial colliculus syndrome by involving:

The facial colliculus may be symmetrically absent in horizontal gaze palsy with progressive scoliosis, giving a tent shape to the floor of the fourth ventricle.

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