CN X- Vagus Nerves

The vagus nerve is either one of two cranial nerves that extend from the brainstem and connect down to the viscera. These nerves are used to send a variety of signals throughout the body, and transfer signals back to the brain. Without the functions of the vagus nerve, one would find it difficult to speak, breathe, or eat, and the heartbeat would become extremely irregular. Using the simulated virtual activity user can test the integrity of vagus nerve by listening to the patient’s audio response and observing the palatal movement.



Simulation Type

Condition, Using interactive animation

Gender Specific

No, Common for both genders

Condition Simulated



     Left nucleus ambiguus (deviation towards left)

     Right nucleus ambiguus (deviation towards right)



     Click on the "Make sound" button to produce an "aah" sound from the patient.