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Anatomy of the cranial nerves

  • John Craven
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    John Craven FRCS was formerly Consultant Surgeon at York District Hospital, York, UK. He trained in Manchester, Uganda, and Cardiff. He is past chairman of the primary examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Conflicts of interest: none
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      Abstract

      The cranial nerves are described, emphasizing their intracranial and extracranial relationships. Their function and distribution are emphasized as is the assessment of their integrity. A summary of how their clinical assessment is made and the consequences of their most common pathology are included. Their relevance in the diagnosis of brainstem death is made. Learning objectives focus on the practicalities of diagnosing brainstem death.

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