Vidian nerve

A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

Vidian nerve, also known as the nerve of the pterygoid canal or nerve of the Vidian canal, is so named because of the canal in which is travels: the Vidian canal.

It is formed by the confluence of two nerves:

The nerve exits its canal in the pterygopalatine fossa and joins the pterygopalatine ganglion.

Anatomy: Brain

Anatomy: Brain

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rID: 2273
Section: Anatomy
Tag: refs, cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Nerve of pterygoid canal
  • Nerve of the Vidian canal

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  • Pterygopalatine ganglion
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  • Interconnection diagram
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