Help: FAQs, tutorials, videos, page index and more
Viewing:  Sep 17, 2019

List of Cranial Nerves

By:  Find-A-Code
Published:  September 3rd, 2019

Cranial nerves are involved with some of our senses such as vision, hearing and taste, others control certain muscles in the head and neck. There are twelve pairs of cranial nerves that lead from the brain to the head, neck and trunk. Below is a list of Cranial Nerves and what they control.  

CN I Olfactory (smell)   

CN II Optic (ophthalmic, vision)   

CN III Oculomotor (moves eyelid and eyeball, adjusts the pupil and lens of the eye)   

CN IV Trochlear (eye movement)   

CN V Trigeminal (sensory and motor to facial muscles, chewing, facial sensations) (includes 3 parts: V1, V2 and V3 nerves)   

CN VI Abducens (ophthalmic, eye movement)   

CN VII Facial (maxillary, taste, tears, saliva, facial expressions)   

CN VIII Vestibulocochlear (mandibular, hearing, and balance)   

CN IX Glossopharyngeal (swallowing, saliva, taste)   

CN X Vagus (control of PNS peripheral nervous system e.g., smooth muscles of the GI tract)   

CN XI Accessory (moving head and shoulders, swallowing)   

CN XII Hypoglossal (tongue muscles - speech and swallowing)


Article Tags  (click on a tag to see related articles)

Publish this Article on your Website, Blog or Newsletter

This article is available for publishing on websites, blogs, and newsletters. The article must be published in its entirety - all links must be active. If you would like to publish this article, please contact us and let us know where you will be publishing it. The easiest way to get the text of the article is to highlight and copy. Or use your browser's "View Source" option to capture the HTML formatted code.

If you would like a specific article written on a medical coding and billing topic, please Contact Us.

Our contact information

Find A Code, LLC
62 East 300 North
Spanish Fork, UT 84660
Phone: 801-770-4203 (9-5 Mountain)
Fax: 801-770-4428
Free 14 Day Trial
No Credit Card Required
Starting at $10/month
Sign In
Welcome back!