Cranial Nerves Seven to Twelve

Authors: Helen Blackhurst / Editor: Clifford J Mann, Thomas MacMahon / Reviewer: Joshua Davison / Codes:  / Published: 22/02/2021


Cranial nerve injuries are important clinical signs, which alert the examiner to intracranial pathology. This session will look at the more common traumatic and medical causes of cranial nerve injury to cranial nerves

Before completing this session you should have:

Completed the Module session on Cranial Nerves I – VI

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Identify the clinically-relevant anatomy of each cranial nerve
  • Explain how to functionally assess cranial nerves
  • Describe the aetiology and consequences of cranial nerve trauma that might present to the Emergency Department
  • Describe the common medical causes of acute cranial nerve dysfunction
  • Explain the value of computerised tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) lesions, with examples of typical findings
  • Formulate a suitable assessment and investigative strategy for a patient presenting with a cranial nerve palsy


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