Zygomaticotemporal nerve

Dr Craig Hacking et al.

The zygomaticotemporal nerve is the larger of the two branches of the zygomatic nerve, from the maxillary division of the trigeminal nerve. It is primarily sensory but also relays parasympathetic fibres to the lacrimal nerve from the pterygopalatine ganglion which reach the lacrimal gland. It leaves the inferolateral aspect of the extraconal space of the orbit through the zygomaticotemporal foramen and enters the temporal fossa. It immediately pierces the temporalis fascia, and supplies the scalp of the anterior half of the temporal fossa above the zygomatic arch (the "skin of the hairless temple").


Head and neck anatomy
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rID: 52338
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
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