The Abducens Nerve (Cranial Nerve VI)

The sixth cranial nerve is the abducens nerve. This nerve is a somatic efferent nerve, otherwise called a motor nerve[1]. The abducens nerve is responsible for innervating the lateral rectus muscle which laterally moves the eyes[2]. The sixth cranial nerve runs a lengthy path from the pons, in the brainstem, to the eyes[2].


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  2. Thackery, G. 1997. The cranial nerves. Loyola University of Medical Education Network; [updated 1997 Aug 28, cited 2012 May 1]. Available from: Opens in new window