|Great auricular nerve|
|From||cervical plexus (C2-C3)|
|Innervates||sensation of inferior part of auricle and parotid region of the face.|
|Latin||nervus auricularis magnus|
|Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy|
The great auricular nerve is a cutaneous nerve of the head. It originates from the cervical plexus, with branches of spinal nerves C2 and C3. It provides sensory innervation to the skin over the parotid gland and the mastoid process of the temporal bone, and surfaces of the outer ear.
Pain resulting from parotitis is caused by an impingement on the great auricular nerve.
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