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Anatomic Sciences

Discussion in 'NBDE Exams & Licensure Exams' started by toothfairy2011, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. toothfairy2011

    toothfairy2011 2+ Year Member

    May 19, 2008
    Anatomic Sciences, Question 18, Released Exam Booklet 1-F

    The greater petrosal nerve contains which of the following components?
    a)sympathetic fibers
    b) general visceral afferent fibers
    c) general somatic efferent fibers
    d) parasympathetic fibers
    e) special visceral efferent fibers

    1. A and E
    2. B and D
    3. C and E
    4. All of the above
    Answer: B and D

    Could someone explain what the general visceral afferent fiber function of this nerve is? I know it provides taste to the palate, but isn’t that special sensory rather than general sensory?
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  3. impaction

    impaction 2+ Year Member

    Mar 26, 2008
    yeah its special sensory & it doesnt provide taste but it functions as secretomotor fibre to the palate, nose & lacrimal gland

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