Question 18

Outline the neural pathways for the pupillary light, corneal, oculomotor and gag reflexes. The anatomical course of nerves is NOT required.

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College Answer

This is a fact-based question with little integration of knowledge required. Those candidates who
synthesised their knowledge into a succinct and precise description of afferent and efferent pathways
with a description of the various sensor and integrator components scored very high marks. A good
working knowledge of all the cranial nerve reflex pathways are crucial to the practise of intensive care
medicine. Marks were not awarded for any anatomical description related to these pathways.