Internal carotid plexus
|Nerve: Internal carotid plexus|
|Sympathetic connections of the ciliary and superior cervical ganglia. (Carotid plexus visible center top.)|
|Diagram of the cervical sympathetic. (Carotid plexus visible center top.)|
|Latin||plexus caroticus internus|
|Gray's||subject #215 977|
The internal carotid plexus (carotid plexus) is situated on the lateral side of the internal carotid artery, and in the plexus there occasionally exists a small gangliform swelling, the carotid ganglion, on the under surface of the artery.
The internal carotid plexus communicates with the semilunar ganglion, the abducent nerve, and the sphenopalatine ganglion; it distributes filaments to the wall of the carotid artery, and also communicates with the tympanic branch of the glossopharyngeal nerve.
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