Next, identify the five main branches of the facial nerve (CN VII) as they emerge from the capsule of the parotid gland (Figure 23.3). From inferior to superior the branches are the:
The facial nerve innervates all the muscles of facial expression. Confirm that the temporal branch cervical branch cervical branch is the only branch of the facial nerve to cross the angle of the mandible angle of the mandible. The cervical nerve innervates the platysma muscle.
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