Topographical Anatomy of the Facial Nerve
An understanding of the anatomy of the facial nerve demands a high degree of three-dimensional imagination from ENT surgeons and anatomists. Because of its long intratemporal course as well as its branching in the parotid region, the facial nerve is often impaired by traumatic and tumorous processes. This contribution describes the topographical anatomy of the facial nerve from the surgical viewpoint. Special attention is paid to computerized examination of the (bone) density of the temporal bone.