An ectopic cranial nerve identified during surgery in the posterior fossa for hemifacial spasm: A word of caution

R. Shane Tubbs, Ryan R. Lau, Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol

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Variations of cranial nerve morphology may effect surgical technique and, if not appreciated, lead to complications and iatrogenic injury. The authors report an unusual course of the hypoglossal nerve within the posterior cranial fossa observed during microvascular decompression surgery for hemifacial spasm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)490-492
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Neurosurgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2010



  • Anomaly
  • cranium
  • hypoglossal nerve
  • neurosurgery
  • posterior fossa
  • skull

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery

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