Head and Neck Mnemonics
I-optic, II-olfactory, III-oculomotor, IV-trochlear, V-trigeminal, VI-abducens, VII-facial, VIII-acoustic (vestibulocochlear), IX-glossophrayngeal, X-vagus, XI-spinal accessory, XII-hypoglossal
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You have I nose. You have II eyes. (I – Olfactory; II – Optic)
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LR6 (SO4) 3
LR6–Lateral rectus–> VI abductens
SO4–Superior Oblique–> IV Trochlear
3–The remaining 4 eyeball movers = III
From superior to inferior:
(Posterior Auricular nerve)
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To Zanzibar By Motor Car
PAssing Through Zanzibar By Motor Car (PA for Posterior Auricular).
Ten Zulus Buggered My Cat (PAinfully)
C3-4-5 keeps the phrenic alive (innervation of phrenic nerve)
C3-4-5 keep the diaphragm alive (innervation of diaphragm)
C5-6-7 raise your arms to heaven (nerve roots of long thoracic nerve innervate serratus anterior)
V3 innervated muscles
Muscles of Mastication
Tensor veli palatini
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Lacrimal’s story of 8 L’s
Lacrimal nerve runs on Lateral wall of orbit above Lateral rectus, then Lets communicating branch join in, then supplies Lacrimal gland, then Leaves it and supplies Lateral upper eye Lid!
Facial expression muscles:
Posterior belly of digastric
"Imagine someone making the facial expression to say ‘PSS…’
Greater occipital/ Greater auricular
Parietal Ethmoid Sphenoid Temporal Occipital Frontal
PEST OF 6
- The 6 just reminds that there’s 6 of them to remember.
Occipital Parietal Frontal Temporal Ethmoid Sphenoid
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Old People From Texas Eat Spiders
Parietal Occipital Frontal Sphenoid Temporal Ethmoid
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Maxilla (frontal process)
My Little Eye Sits in the orbit
Location on base of skull Foramen spinosum is adjacent to the spine of sphenoid.
Occulomotor nerve (III)
Trochlear nerve (IV)
Ophthalmic nerve (V1)
Maxillary nerve (V2)
Abducent nerve (VI)
O TOM CAT
O TOM are lateral wall components, in order from superior to inferior. CA are the components within the sinus, from medial to lateral. CA ends at the level of T from O TOM.
T: When written, connects to the T of OTOM.
Anterior ligament of malleus
Spine of sphenoid
Genial tubercle of mandible
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Mandibular nerve: Mastication.
Facial nerve: Facial expression.
Function of Lateral vs Medial: Look at how your jaw ends up when saying first syllable of ‘Lateral’ or ‘Medial’:
“La”: your jaw is now open, so Lateral pterygoid opens mouth.
“Me”: your jaw is still closed, so Medial pterygoid closes the mandible.
Inferior oblique: Lateral eye rotation
Superior oblique: Medial eye rotation
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Extrinsic muscles of tongue [for pro soccer fans] “Paris St. Germain’s Hour”:
· PSG is a French soccer team (foreign), hence extrinsic comes to mind.
Posterior superior alveolar
Middle superior alveolar
Anterior superior alveolar
Artery of the pterygoid canal
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Arrangement of the important nerves “GLAST”
4 compass points: clockwise from north on the right side of neck:
Great auricular (North)
Lesser occipital (East)
Accessory nerve (pops out between L and S)
Transverse cervical (West)
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- The first sentence is for 6 muscles attaching superiorly, the second sentence is for 3 muscles attaching inferiorly. Both sentences are in order from lateral to medial.
The duck is between two gooses (duck = thoracic duct)
2 gooses = azyGOUS and esophaGOUS
“I See 10 CC’s in the IV”
I See (I.C.) = Internal Carotid artery
10 = CN 10 (Vagus nerve)
CC = Common Carotid artery
IV = Internal Jugular Vein