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The nerve supply of zygomaticus major: Variability and distinguishing zygomatic from buccal facial nerve branches

Kehrer, A. ; Engelmann, S. ; Bauer, R. ; Taeger, C. ; Grechenig, S. ; Kehrer, M. ; Prantl, L. ; Tamm, E. R. ; Bleys, R. L. A. W. ; Mandlik, V.


The zygomaticus major (ZM) is important for the human smile. There are conflicting data about whether the zygomatic or buccal branches of the facial nerve are responsible for its motor innervation. The literature provides no precise distinction of the transition zone between these two branch systems. In this study, a definition to distinguish the facial nerve branches at the level of the body of ...


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