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POSTERIOR GENICULATE ARTERY: A SURGEON'S GUIDE TO THE FACIAL NERVE

Black, Bruce F.R.C.S. (Ed.), F.R.C.S., F.R.A.C.S.1,2

The American Journal of Otology: January 1992 - Volume 13 - Issue 1 - p 78–79
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ABSTRACT Locating the facial nerve is an essential step in most mastoid procedures. A constantly occurring, easily identifiable, arterial bleeding point has been identified arising on the posterosuperior-lateral eminence of the posterior genu of the nerve, passing posterosuperiorly. The vessel permits exact siting of the genu before the nerve is seen, and provides a timely warning of the nerve's presence.

1Consultant Otolaryngologist, Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane, and Clinical Associate Professor, University of Queensland, Australia

2Reprint requests: Dr. Bruce Black, 73 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane. 4000. Australia

© 1992, The American Journal of Otology, Inc.