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what is known as the 13th cranial nerve

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Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Nurse Annie replied 10 years ago.
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The body only as 12 cranial nerves. You can see them listed here, and clicking on each one will give you a description.


http://info.med.yale.edu/caim/cnerves/
Customer: replied 10 years ago.
Reply to Annie's Post: I realize that the brain only has 12 cranial nerves but there is speculation on a 13th cranial nerve do you know what it is, is it called the terminal nerve?
Expert:  Nurse Annie replied 10 years ago.
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I cannot find any scientific articles on this, only speculation that it could possible be the reticular formation of the brain or the terminal nerve or nervus terminalis. One source though quotes this as nerve 0 rather than 13.
http://www.staff.uni-mainz.de/jastrow/poster1.html
I also have current advanced A & P texts that do not contain information about this.