The facial canal. The facial nerve passes through this canal in the temporal bone.
The facial nerve passes through this canal in the temporal bone. No other nerve in the body travels such a long distance through a bony canal. Because of this bony shell around the nerve, inflammatory processes involving the central nervous system, facial nerve, and traumatic injuries to the temporal bone can produce severe complications.
- Gabrielis Falloppii, medici mutinensis:
Observationes anatomicae. Venice 1561.
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