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cranial fossa - abducens nerve
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Structures running through the cavernous sinus include the internal carotid artery, oculomotor nerve, trochlear nerve, abducens nerve, the ophthalmic division of the trigeminal nerve (V1) and sometimes the maxillary division of the trigeminal nerve (V2). A cavernous sinus thrombosis or infection therefore has the potential adversely affect all these structures. The abducens nerve is usually the first to be affected due to its free-floating location centrally within the sinus.
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