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Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 1977 Mar-Apr;86(2 pt. 1):251-8.

Course of the peripheral gustatory nerves.


The multiple variations of the course of the gustatory nerves still considered possible are discussed. Recent investigations lead to the conclusion that there is only one path for the gustatory fibers for each gustatory area: 1) from the anterior part of the tongue via the tympanic cord and facial nerve to the medulla oblongata; 2) for the posterior part of the tongue in the IX cranial nerve; and 3) from the soft palate via the greater superficial petrosal nerve to the facial nerve. The trigeminal nerve carries no gustatory fibers to the brain.

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