Damn cranial nerves

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  1. SimulD

    SimulD Senior Member

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    Hey all,

    I just started cranial nerves...

    I was wondering if anyone had a good technique to learn this very tedious mess. I thought brachial plexus was a pain, but when the prof lectured us, he taught it so well and most of us mastered it in a few hours.

    It seems they are spoon feeding us less this block and they spent far less time on this. Anyone know mnemonics or just a cool way to learn this without just force-feeding it? I mean - learn the motor and sensory innervations, the functional deficits in lesions, and the tests for lesions... Geez, the trigeminal and the facial look daunting right now.

    Thanks in advance,

    Simul
    Tulane Med '05
     
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  3. bruinboy2000

    bruinboy2000 Member

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    Oh - Olfactory
    Oh - Optic
    Oh - Occulomotor
    To - Trochlear
    Touch - Trigeminal
    And - Abducens
    Feel - Facial
    A - Auditory (Vestibulocochlear)
    Girls - Glossopharyngeal
    Vagina - Vagus
    Ah - Accessory
    Heaven - Hypoglossal

    Crude....yet highly effective.
     
  4. leorl

    Physician Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved

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    Some
    Say
    Marry
    Money
    But
    My
    Brother
    Says
    Big
    Boobs
    Matter
    More

    (S = sensory, B = both, M = primarily motor). These go in order from I to XII
     
  5. SocialistMD

    SocialistMD Resident Objectivist

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    I learned it as
    Oh, oh, oh, to touch and feel very good vagina, ah heaven.
     
  6. tussy

    tussy Senior Member

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    Hmmm, we seem to be even more crude here up north. This is how I learned it:

    Oh Oh Oh, To Touch and Feel Virgin Girls' Vaginas And Hymens.

    I also used the big boobs one! Why are the good mneumonics always so dirty????? I guess if you don't want to use the dirty ones you can always use the "on old olympus' towering top ..." I can never remember the rest of it though.
     
  7. David511

    David511 Ponch's Illegitimate Son

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    yeah, okay hotshots, how about a mnemonic for the 46 branches of the trigeminal nerve???
     
  8. Mossjoh

    Mossjoh Mayo Clinic-PGY2

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    Darn my teachers for teaching us:
    On
    Old
    Olympus'
    Towering
    Top
    A
    Fin
    And
    German
    Viewed
    Some
    Hawks

    Mossjoh
     
  9. Fossa9

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    :p I'm sure everyone has heard about this site, but I thought I'd post it here just in case someone hasn't. It's helped be tremendously! http://www.medicalmnemonics.com/
     
  10. Mango

    Mango Very Senior Member

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    Don't worry Simul, you'll get it. Repitition is key. And keep your eye on the ball! Someday soon, you'll be puting that knowledge to real uses.

    Actually, I was doing that today. I just got back from physical diagnosis self-exams, and today we learned the whole neuro exam. Including testing all 12 fabulous cranial nerves!

    Big fun. Much better than memorizing that crap the first time. Good luck
     
  11. Mango

    Mango Very Senior Member

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    Oh yeah, here's a great mneumonic for innervation of the eye muscles: LR(6)SO(4)

    The numbers should be in subscript, so that it looks like a molecule with sulfate. Anyhow, it stands for Lateral Rectus = CN 6, Superior Oblique = 4. Everything else is 3. Plus, you can remember that CN 4 lets you look at your FOREarm (down and out). Then Inferior rectus is just the opposite. Enjoy!
     
  12. Jamier2

    Jamier2 SDN Hillbilly Moderator
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    Mango, I would have kissed you if you had posted that yesterday, but my Comparative Anatomy test was today. :(

    I'll be using that from now on, though, so thanks anyway. :)
     
  13. SimulD

    SimulD Senior Member

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    Thanks guys...

    The ones mentioned above were in our class notes (well, the student version of the notes) or told to us by dirty old profs....

    But, I like the one for the eye muscles, Mango... that is definitely helpful.

    It's nice to know that one day we'll actually use this stuff!

    Later,
    Simul
    Tulane Med '05
     

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