Zygomatic branches of the facial nerve

"Zygomatic branch" redirects here. For the branch of the maxillary nerve, see Zygomatic nerve.
Zygomatic branches of the facial nerve

Plan of the facial and intermediate nerves and their communication with other nerves (labeled at center bottom, fifth from bottom, as "Malar")

The nerves of the scalp, face, and side of neck (zygomatic branches labeled at center, near cheek)
From Facial nerve
Latin Rami zygomatici nervi facialis
TA A14.2.01.110
FMA 53307

Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

The zygomatic branches of the facial nerve (malar branches) run across the zygomatic bone to the lateral angle of the orbit, where they supply the Orbicularis oculi, and join with filaments from the lacrimal nerve and the zygomaticofacial branch of the maxillary nerve.

Clinical relevance

To test the zygomatic branches of the facial nerve, a patient is asked to close their eyes tightly.

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See also


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