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Anatomical study of the zygomatic and buccal branches of the facial nerve: Application to facial reanimation procedures

Kehrer, Andreas ; Engelmann, Simon ; Ruewe, Marc ; Geis, Sebastian ; Taeger, Christian ; Kehrer, Michael ; Prantl, Lukas ; Tamm, Ernst ; Bleys, Ronald R.L.A.W. ; Mandlik, Veronika


The facial nerve is responsible for any facial expression channeling human emotions. Facial paralysis causes asymmetry, lagophthalmus, oral incontinence, and social limitations. Facial dynamics may be re-established with cross-face-nerve-grafts (CFNG). Our aim was to reappraise the zygomaticobuccal branch system relevant for facial reanimation surgery with respect to anastomoses and crossings. ...


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