Superior cervical ganglion

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Scheme of the human nervous system
Diagram of the cervical ganglia

The ganglion cervicale superius (Latin for "upper neck ganglion"), known in animals as ganglion cervicale craniale ("front neck ganglion"), is a nerve cell node in the area of ​​the second cervical vertebra between the musculus longus capitis and musculus digastricus . It is about 2.5 cm tall in humans. The ganglion is the switching station of the sympathetic nervous system for the head and the neck area near the head. The sympathetic root cells are the first in the chest segments spinal cord and get over the neck portion of the sympathetic trunk and the trunk vagosympathicus to the superior cervical ganglion.

Several nerve pathways lead from the superior cervical ganglion to their supply areas:


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