The Cranial Nerves

Anatomy · Pathology · Pathophysiology · Diagnosis · Treatment

  • M. Samii
  • Peter J. Jannetta

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. History of Cranial Nerves Surgery. Introductory Lecture

  3. Topographical Anatomy of the Cranial Nerves

  4. Cranial Nerve Injury. Structural and Pathophysiological Considerations and a Classification of Nerve Injury

  5. Experimental Studies on Neural Regeneration

  6. Olfactory Nerve (First Cranial Nerve)

  7. Optic Nerve (Second Cranial Nerve)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. J. Lang
      Pages 77-84
    3. G. A. Meyer, J. P. Davis, D. L. Daniels, W. E. Gager, V. M. Haughton
      Pages 98-107
    4. H.-P. Jensen, H. Klinge, U. Muhtaroglu
      Pages 108-115
    5. W. Koos, A. Perneczky, H. Schuster
      Pages 129-135
    6. P. J. Naessens, L. F. de Waele, J. Kluyskens
      Pages 136-139
    7. R. Fahlbusch, F. Marguth
      Pages 140-147
    8. K. Schürmann
      Pages 148-155
    9. K. von Wild, M. Samii, K. Hoffmann, L. Osterwald
      Pages 181-191
  8. Oculomotor, Trochlear and Abducens Nerves (Third, Fourth and Sixth Cranial Nerves)

  9. Trigeminal Nerve (Fifth Cranial Nerve)

About this book


No special field of surgery dealing with the cranial nerves exists today. This is not surprising in view of the characteristics of this group of morphologically and topo­ graphically heterogenous nerves. Morphologically we must differentiate between central nerves (I, II and VIII) and the so-called peripheral nerves (nn. III to VII and IX to XII), in which post-lesion rgeneration is quite different. Anatomo-topographi­ cally we must consider an intracranial and an extracranial part of each cranial nerve. For practical reasons at operation, further subdivisions of the intracranial course of cranial nerves are to be distinguished in the anterior, middle and posterior cranial fossae as well as within the petrous bone. This underscores the extensive tasks awaiting surgeons operating in the ventral part of the brain and facial skull as well as in the more dorsal part of the skull and neck. This very wide field cannot be covered by a single surgical discipline alone. In our opinion, considerable progress has been made in surgery of the cranial nerves only in recent years. This may be explained by the increased mastery of microsurgical techniques by all surgeons in­ terested in the surgery of the base of the skull as well as with the initiation of more interdisciplinary consultation and jointly performed operations. Possibilities of fu­ ture development can be discerned in the text. The base of the skull separating the extra-and intracranial part of cranial nerves should not be a barrier but a connect­ ing link.


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Editors and affiliations

  • M. Samii
    • 1
  • Peter J. Jannetta
    • 2
  1. 1.Neurosurgical ClinicKrankenhaus Nordstadt City of HannoverHannoverGermany
  2. 2.Department of Neurological SurgeryPresbyterian University HospitalPittsburghUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-67982-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-67980-3
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