Lateral pterygoid nerves

Dr Craig Hacking et al.

The lateral pterygoid nerves or nerves to lateral pterygoid muscle are a pair of motor branches of the anterior division of the mandibular division of the trigeminal nerve.

Gross anatomy

The two nerves divide off the anterior division and course along side the buccal nerve. Each nerve then pierces one of the two heads of the lateral pterygoid muscle and supplies them.

Variant anatomy

Some authors describe a single nerve supplying the muscle, dividing into branches that supply the two heads separately.

Head and neck anatomy
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Article Information

rID: 53011
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • nerves to lateral pterygoid muscle

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