Recurrent meningeal nerve
The recurrent meningeal nerve, or the recurrent nerve of Luschka is a paired nerve arising from the ventral ramus of each spinal nerve distal to the dorsal root ganglia. It characteristically re-enters the intervertebral foramen to supply meningeal and non meningeal structures. Structures supplied include the facet joints, annulus fibrosus, anterior dura mater, and surrounding vasculature and ligaments.
History and etymology
German anatomist Hubert von Luschka first described this nerve in 1850.
It is touted the recurrent meningeal nerve has a role in discogenic pain, and may contribute up to 39% of low back pain. It's been reported irritation of the C1-3 nerves are the most common cause cervicogenic headaches, or occipital neuralgia.
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