MSN Exam for Sensory System

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💡 Hint

The cranial nerve that is responsible for shrugging your shoulders. If it is damaged, you may not be able to shrug your shoulders.

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1. During her shift in the neurology department, Nurse Amelia is attending a patient who exhibits impaired movement in his trapezius muscle. She realizes that a cranial nerve malfunction might be the culprit. Which cranial nerve should she suspect of causing the issue?

💡 Hint

Nurse Jane needs to consider a cervical nerve root, not a thoracic one, to understand the triceps muscle's innervation.

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2. While working in the rehabilitation unit, Nurse Jane assists a patient with exercises to strengthen his triceps muscle, following a recovery from a cervical spine injury. She understands the importance of a specific cervical nerve root in activating this muscle. Can you identify which cervical nerve root is primarily involved in triggering the triceps muscle?

💡 Hint

Cranial Nerve XI (Accessory) does not control eye movement, so it is not directly linked to diplopia.

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3. During a routine eye examination, Nurse Jasmine encounters a patient reporting double vision, also known as diplopia. Recognizing that this could be related to a specific cranial nerve's dysfunction, she starts her analysis. Which cranial nerve should she consider as directly linked to the occurrence of diplopia?

💡 Hint

Remember the cord named for its position on the "side" of the brachial plexus. This cord is predominantly formed from the union of the upper and middle trunks.

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4. During a rehabilitative therapy session, Nurse Olivia is assisting a patient in recovery from a brachial plexus injury. She explains to the patient that the upper and middle trunks of the brachial plexus merge to create a certain cord. Which cord is primarily formed from the union of these trunks?

💡 Hint

Consider the artery that is known for its significant role in supplying the lateral (side) aspects of the cerebral hemispheres where the Broca's area is located.

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5. Nurse Ethan is educating a stroke patient about the blood supply to various regions of the brain. In the course of the discussion, he mentions Broca's area, a brain region crucial for speech production. Which artery does he identify as the primary supplier of blood to Broca's area?

💡 Hint

When thinking about personality and judgment, remember the part of the brain that is associated with complex cognitive functions, including decision making and social behavior.

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6. Nurse Liam is evaluating a patient who exhibits noticeable shifts in personality and judgment. He recalls from his medical training that such alterations are often linked to a lesion in a specific brain region. Which area of the brain should he consider as potentially affected?

💡 Hint

In Brown-Sequard syndrome, remember that the deficits in the spinothalamic tract typically present on the side opposite to the lesion, not on the same side. This could help rule out one incorrect option.

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7. While studying for an upcoming neurology exam, Nurse Ethan comes across a topic discussing Brown-Sequard syndrome. He is trying to understand the main characteristics of this rare neurological condition. Which of the following statements does not accurately describe a feature of Brown-Sequard syndrome?

💡 Hint

It is characterized by a decline in cognitive function, including memory, thinking, and language.

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8. In the bustling hospital ward, Nurse Thompson was going through the medical history of her new patient, Mrs. Garcia, a middle-aged woman with an acute onset of facial drooping. While scanning her history, the nurse recalled that several conditions might be associated with this kind of manifestation, often labeled as Bell's palsy. However, some diseases have not been established as having a direct link to Bell's palsy.

💡 Hint

Consider the cranial nerve whose primary function is controlling most of the eye movements and pupil constriction, hinting at its role in eyelid control.

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9. On a hectic shift in the emergency department, Nurse Benjamin notices a patient with a drooping eyelid, a condition known as ptosis. He knows that a certain cranial nerve could be implicated in this case. Which cranial nerve is directly linked to the manifestation of ptosis?

💡 Hint

The cranial nerve that is responsible for slowing down the heart rate and relaxing the airways. Cranial Nerve IV (Trochlear) does not control the heart or lungs, so it can be eliminated.

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10. During a night shift, Nurse Sophia is monitoring a patient who is displaying signs of both respiratory and cardiac irregularities. She understands that a specific cranial nerve dysfunction could be the underlying cause. Which cranial nerve should she consider as being directly associated with respiratory and cardiac dysfunctions?

💡 Hint

The cranial nerve that is responsible for smiling, frowning, and blinking. If it is damaged, you may not be able to control your facial expressions.

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11. While assisting in an ophthalmology clinic, Nurse Olivia is asked by a curious patient about the cranial nerves related to the eye. She confidently explains about several of them but recalls that one of the nerves she mentioned doesn't have a direct role in vision. Which cranial nerve isn't directly linked with eye function?

💡 Hint

Consider the cranial nerve with a Latin name that translates to "wandering" - this nerve has an extensive range, influencing taste and several critical physiological processes.

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12. Nurse Lucas is reviewing the case of a patient complaining about a loss of sensation in a portion of his tongue. Lucas knows that this could be related to a specific cranial nerve's dysfunction. Which cranial nerve is primarily involved in providing sensation to one-third of the tongue?

💡 Hint

The area of the brain associated with motor control, including regulation of voluntary motor movements, might be the likely location of the lesion causing these involuntary movements.

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13. During her rounds in the neurology ward, Nurse Ella encounters a patient exhibiting irregular, slow, twisting movements, a symptom known as athetosis. She recalls from her training that these movements are often associated with a lesion in a specific brain region. Which area of the brain should she consider the possible site of the lesion?

💡 Hint

Think of the part of the brain named after a French physician known for his work on speech disorders. This region is specifically associated with speech production.

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14. During her shift in the neurology unit, Nurse Zoe is caring for a patient experiencing difficulties with speech production, known as motor aphasia. She understands that a lesion in a certain area of the brain is often associated with such changes. Which area should she associate with these motor aphasia symptoms?

💡 Hint

Focus on the part of the brain associated with language comprehension, named after a German neurologist. This region is known to be involved in understanding spoken and written language.

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15. In the quiet murmur of St. Mary's hospital, Nurse James found himself in room 312, attending to Mr. Roberts, an elderly gentleman who'd recently had a sudden alteration in his speech comprehension. Mr. Roberts' speech was fluent and grammatically correct but often nonsensical or irrelevant, which was a peculiar situation for the seasoned nurse. It brought to his mind a review he had read about language and brain functions during his nursing training. What area of the brain, according to that literature, is typically associated with changes that result in sensory aphasia?

💡 Hint

Consider the cord that is named for its relative position on the "inner side" of the brachial plexus. This cord has a direct link to the lower trunk.

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16. During a neurology consultation, Nurse Emma explains the brachial plexus to a patient recovering from an upper limb injury. She mentions that the lower trunk of the brachial plexus contributes to the formation of a specific cord. Which cord is formed from the lower trunk of the brachial plexus?

💡 Hint

In this scenario, Nurse Ethan is not referring to a cord that receives contributions from the medial and lateral sides of the plexus. Therefore, you can exclude the cord named for its location at one of these sides.

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17. While helping a patient recover from a brachial plexus injury, Nurse Ethan explains how different parts of the plexus contribute to the formation of specific cords. He knows that the upper, middle, and lower trunks combine to form which cord?

💡 Hint

This artery is known for its course near the oculomotor nerve and is positioned in the "back" of the brain. Its rupture can lead to compression or damage to the nearby oculomotor nerve, resulting in palsy.

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18. In the neurology ward, Nurse Anna is treating a patient with oculomotor palsy, a condition characterized by eye movement abnormalities. She recalls that rupture of a certain artery can cause this condition. Which artery is most often implicated in the onset of oculomotor palsy?

💡 Hint

The area responsible for these types of movements is not primarily associated with the relay of sensory information to the cerebral cortex, which should help rule out one option.

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19. While observing a patient with sudden, jerky, and random movements, Nurse Jacob recognizes these as potential symptoms of a neurological condition. He recalls that such movement disorders are often associated with a lesion in a specific brain region. Which part of the brain should he consider as the potential site of the lesion?

💡 Hint

The cranial nerve that controls taste in the back of the tongue.

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20. In the middle of her shift at a bustling neurology clinic, Nurse Ava is reviewing a patient's charts and notes a reference to 'Cranial Nerve IX'. She knows that each cranial nerve has a unique name that reflects its function. What is the alternative name for Cranial Nerve IX?

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1. While helping a patient recover from a brachial plexus injury, Nurse Ethan explains how different parts of the plexus contribute to the formation of specific cords. He knows that the upper, middle, and lower trunks combine to form which cord?

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2. In the bustling hospital ward, Nurse Thompson was going through the medical history of her new patient, Mrs. Garcia, a middle-aged woman with an acute onset of facial drooping. While scanning her history, the nurse recalled that several conditions might be associated with this kind of manifestation, often labeled as Bell's palsy. However, some diseases have not been established as having a direct link to Bell's palsy.

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3. During her shift in the neurology unit, Nurse Zoe is caring for a patient experiencing difficulties with speech production, known as motor aphasia. She understands that a lesion in a certain area of the brain is often associated with such changes. Which area should she associate with these motor aphasia symptoms?

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4. During a night shift, Nurse Sophia is monitoring a patient who is displaying signs of both respiratory and cardiac irregularities. She understands that a specific cranial nerve dysfunction could be the underlying cause. Which cranial nerve should she consider as being directly associated with respiratory and cardiac dysfunctions?

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5. While working in the rehabilitation unit, Nurse Jane assists a patient with exercises to strengthen his triceps muscle, following a recovery from a cervical spine injury. She understands the importance of a specific cervical nerve root in activating this muscle. Can you identify which cervical nerve root is primarily involved in triggering the triceps muscle?

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6. In the middle of her shift at a bustling neurology clinic, Nurse Ava is reviewing a patient's charts and notes a reference to 'Cranial Nerve IX'. She knows that each cranial nerve has a unique name that reflects its function. What is the alternative name for Cranial Nerve IX?

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7. While assisting in an ophthalmology clinic, Nurse Olivia is asked by a curious patient about the cranial nerves related to the eye. She confidently explains about several of them but recalls that one of the nerves she mentioned doesn't have a direct role in vision. Which cranial nerve isn't directly linked with eye function?

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8. During her rounds in the neurology ward, Nurse Ella encounters a patient exhibiting irregular, slow, twisting movements, a symptom known as athetosis. She recalls from her training that these movements are often associated with a lesion in a specific brain region. Which area of the brain should she consider the possible site of the lesion?

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9. While observing a patient with sudden, jerky, and random movements, Nurse Jacob recognizes these as potential symptoms of a neurological condition. He recalls that such movement disorders are often associated with a lesion in a specific brain region. Which part of the brain should he consider as the potential site of the lesion?

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10. During a neurology consultation, Nurse Emma explains the brachial plexus to a patient recovering from an upper limb injury. She mentions that the lower trunk of the brachial plexus contributes to the formation of a specific cord. Which cord is formed from the lower trunk of the brachial plexus?

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11. During a routine eye examination, Nurse Jasmine encounters a patient reporting double vision, also known as diplopia. Recognizing that this could be related to a specific cranial nerve's dysfunction, she starts her analysis. Which cranial nerve should she consider as directly linked to the occurrence of diplopia?

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12. Nurse Liam is evaluating a patient who exhibits noticeable shifts in personality and judgment. He recalls from his medical training that such alterations are often linked to a lesion in a specific brain region. Which area of the brain should he consider as potentially affected?

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13. While studying for an upcoming neurology exam, Nurse Ethan comes across a topic discussing Brown-Sequard syndrome. He is trying to understand the main characteristics of this rare neurological condition. Which of the following statements does not accurately describe a feature of Brown-Sequard syndrome?

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14. During a rehabilitative therapy session, Nurse Olivia is assisting a patient in recovery from a brachial plexus injury. She explains to the patient that the upper and middle trunks of the brachial plexus merge to create a certain cord. Which cord is primarily formed from the union of these trunks?

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15. In the neurology ward, Nurse Anna is treating a patient with oculomotor palsy, a condition characterized by eye movement abnormalities. She recalls that rupture of a certain artery can cause this condition. Which artery is most often implicated in the onset of oculomotor palsy?

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16. In the quiet murmur of St. Mary's hospital, Nurse James found himself in room 312, attending to Mr. Roberts, an elderly gentleman who'd recently had a sudden alteration in his speech comprehension. Mr. Roberts' speech was fluent and grammatically correct but often nonsensical or irrelevant, which was a peculiar situation for the seasoned nurse. It brought to his mind a review he had read about language and brain functions during his nursing training. What area of the brain, according to that literature, is typically associated with changes that result in sensory aphasia?

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17. During her shift in the neurology department, Nurse Amelia is attending a patient who exhibits impaired movement in his trapezius muscle. She realizes that a cranial nerve malfunction might be the culprit. Which cranial nerve should she suspect of causing the issue?

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18. On a hectic shift in the emergency department, Nurse Benjamin notices a patient with a drooping eyelid, a condition known as ptosis. He knows that a certain cranial nerve could be implicated in this case. Which cranial nerve is directly linked to the manifestation of ptosis?

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19. Nurse Lucas is reviewing the case of a patient complaining about a loss of sensation in a portion of his tongue. Lucas knows that this could be related to a specific cranial nerve's dysfunction. Which cranial nerve is primarily involved in providing sensation to one-third of the tongue?

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20. Nurse Ethan is educating a stroke patient about the blood supply to various regions of the brain. In the course of the discussion, he mentions Broca's area, a brain region crucial for speech production. Which artery does he identify as the primary supplier of blood to Broca's area?

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1. During her shift in the neurology department, Nurse Amelia is attending a patient who exhibits impaired movement in his trapezius muscle. She realizes that a cranial nerve malfunction might be the culprit. Which cranial nerve should she suspect of causing the issue?

A) Cranial Nerve IV (Trochlear)
B) Cranial Nerve VII (Facial)
C) Cranial Nerve X (Vagus)
D) Cranial Nerve XI (Accessory)

2. Nurse Lucas is reviewing the case of a patient complaining about a loss of sensation in a portion of his tongue. Lucas knows that this could be related to a specific cranial nerve’s dysfunction. Which cranial nerve is primarily involved in providing sensation to one-third of the tongue?

A) Glossopharyngeal nerve (Cranial Nerve IX)
B) Cranial Nerve IV (Trochlear)
C) Cranial Nerve X (Vagus)
D) Cranial Nerve XI (Accessory)

3. While assisting in an ophthalmology clinic, Nurse Olivia is asked by a curious patient about the cranial nerves related to the eye. She confidently explains about several of them but recalls that one of the nerves she mentioned doesn’t have a direct role in vision. Which cranial nerve isn’t directly linked with eye function?

A) Cranial Nerve II (Optic)
B) Cranial Nerve III (Oculomotor)
C) Cranial Nerve VI (Abducens)
D) Cranial Nerve VII (Facial)

4. On a hectic shift in the emergency department, Nurse Benjamin notices a patient with a drooping eyelid, a condition known as ptosis. He knows that a certain cranial nerve could be implicated in this case. Which cranial nerve is directly linked to the manifestation of ptosis?

A) Cranial Nerve III (Oculomotor)
B) Cranial Nerve IV (Trochlear)
C) Cranial Nerve V (Trigeminal)
D) Cranial Nerve VI (Abducens)

5. During a routine eye examination, Nurse Jasmine encounters a patient reporting double vision, also known as diplopia. Recognizing that this could be related to a specific cranial nerve’s dysfunction, she starts her analysis. Which cranial nerve should she consider as directly linked to the occurrence of diplopia?

A) Cranial Nerve XI (Accessory)
B) Cranial Nerve VII (Facial)
C) Cranial Nerve V (Trigeminal)
D) Cranial Nerve VI (Abducens)

6. In the middle of her shift at a bustling neurology clinic, Nurse Ava is reviewing a patient’s charts and notes a reference to ‘Cranial Nerve IX’. She knows that each cranial nerve has a unique name that reflects its function. What is the alternative name for Cranial Nerve IX?

A) Trochlear
B) Vestibulocochlear
C) Hypoglossal
D) Glossopharyngeal

7. During a night shift, Nurse Sophia is monitoring a patient who is displaying signs of both respiratory and cardiac irregularities. She understands that a specific cranial nerve dysfunction could be the underlying cause. Which cranial nerve should she consider as being directly associated with respiratory and cardiac dysfunctions?

A) Cranial Nerve IV (Trochlear)
B) Cranial Nerve VII (Facial)
C) Cranial Nerve X (Vagus)
D) Cranial Nerve XI (Accessory)

8. During her rounds in the neurology ward, Nurse Ella encounters a patient exhibiting irregular, slow, twisting movements, a symptom known as athetosis. She recalls from her training that these movements are often associated with a lesion in a specific brain region. Which area of the brain should she consider the possible site of the lesion?

A) Midbrain
B) Basal ganglia
C) Subthalamic region
D) Thalamus

9. While studying for an upcoming neurology exam, Nurse Ethan comes across a topic discussing Brown-Sequard syndrome. He is trying to understand the main characteristics of this rare neurological condition. Which of the following statements does not accurately describe a feature of Brown-Sequard syndrome?

A) There are ipsilateral deficits in the pyramidal tract.
B) There are contralateral deficits in the spinothalamic tract.
C) There are ipsilateral deficits in the dorsal column.
D) There are ipsilateral deficits in the spinothalamic tract.

10. During her shift in the neurology unit, Nurse Zoe is caring for a patient experiencing difficulties with speech production, known as motor aphasia. She understands that a lesion in a certain area of the brain is often associated with such changes. Which area should she associate with these motor aphasia symptoms?

A) Parietal lobe
B) Frontal lobe
C) Wernicke’s area
D) Broca’s area

11. In the quiet murmur of St. Mary’s hospital, Nurse James found himself in room 312, attending to Mr. Roberts, an elderly gentleman who’d recently had a sudden alteration in his speech comprehension. Mr. Roberts’ speech was fluent and grammatically correct but often nonsensical or irrelevant, which was a peculiar situation for the seasoned nurse. It brought to his mind a review he had read about language and brain functions during his nursing training. What area of the brain, according to that literature, is typically associated with changes that result in sensory aphasia?

A. A region known as Broca’s area.
B. The broad expanse of the Parietal lobe.
C. The diverse section of the Frontal lobe.
D. A specific zone termed Wernicke’s area.

12. In the bustling hospital ward, Nurse Thompson was going through the medical history of her new patient, Mrs. Garcia, a middle-aged woman with an acute onset of facial drooping. While scanning her history, the nurse recalled that several conditions might be associated with this kind of manifestation, often labeled as Bell’s palsy. However, some diseases have not been established as having a direct link to Bell’s palsy.

A. The tick-borne infection known as Lyme disease.
B. The metabolic disorder identified as Diabetes.
C. A neurodegenerative condition called Alzheimer’s disease.
D. The immune-compromising disease referred to as AIDS.

13. Nurse Liam is evaluating a patient who exhibits noticeable shifts in personality and judgment. He recalls from his medical training that such alterations are often linked to a lesion in a specific brain region. Which area of the brain should he consider as potentially affected?

A) Parietal lobe
B) Wernicke’s area
C) Frontal lobe
D) Broca’s area

14. While working in the rehabilitation unit, Nurse Jane assists a patient with exercises to strengthen his triceps muscle, following a recovery from a cervical spine injury. She understands the importance of a specific cervical nerve root in activating this muscle. Can you identify which cervical nerve root is primarily involved in triggering the triceps muscle?

A) Thoracic Nerve Root T2
B) Cervical Nerve Root C5
C) Cervical Nerve Root C6
D) Cervical Nerve Root C7

15. While helping a patient recover from a brachial plexus injury, Nurse Ethan explains how different parts of the plexus contribute to the formation of specific cords. He knows that the upper, middle, and lower trunks combine to form which cord?

A) Anterior Cord
B) Lateral Cord
C) Posterior Cord
D) Medial Cord

16. During a neurology consultation, Nurse Emma explains the brachial plexus to a patient recovering from an upper limb injury. She mentions that the lower trunk of the brachial plexus contributes to the formation of a specific cord. Which cord is formed from the lower trunk of the brachial plexus?

A. Medial Cord
B. Lateral Cord
C. Anterior Cord
D. Posterior Cord

17. While observing a patient with sudden, jerky, and random movements, Nurse Jacob recognizes these as potential symptoms of a neurological condition. He recalls that such movement disorders are often associated with a lesion in a specific brain region. Which part of the brain should he consider as the potential site of the lesion?

A. Subthalamic Region
B. Basal Ganglia
C. Thalamus
D. Midbrain

18. During a rehabilitative therapy session, Nurse Olivia is assisting a patient in recovery from a brachial plexus injury. She explains to the patient that the upper and middle trunks of the brachial plexus merge to create a certain cord. Which cord is primarily formed from the union of these trunks?

A) Medial Cord
B) Posterior Cord
C) Anterior Cord
D) Lateral Cord

19. Nurse Ethan is educating a stroke patient about the blood supply to various regions of the brain. In the course of the discussion, he mentions Broca’s area, a brain region crucial for speech production. Which artery does he identify as the primary supplier of blood to Broca’s area?

A) Posterior Cerebral Artery (PCA)
B) Lateral Striate Artery
C) Anterior Cerebral Artery (ACA)
D) Middle Cerebral Artery (MCA)

20. In the neurology ward, Nurse Anna is treating a patient with oculomotor palsy, a condition characterized by eye movement abnormalities. She recalls that rupture of a certain artery can cause this condition. Which artery is most often implicated in the onset of oculomotor palsy?

A) Lateral Striate Artery
B) Anterior Cerebral Artery (ACA)
C) Middle Cerebral Artery (MCA)
D) Posterior Cerebral Artery (PCA)

Answers and Rationales

1. Correct answer:

D) Cranial Nerve XI (Accessory). The Accessory nerve, also known as Cranial Nerve XI, is responsible for supplying motor innervation to the sternocleidomastoid and trapezius muscles. Damage to or impairment of the Accessory nerve can result in difficulties with head rotation and shoulder elevation, as these movements are largely controlled by the sternocleidomastoid and trapezius muscles respectively. If Nurse Amelia observes impaired movement in her patient’s trapezius muscle, this suggests a possible malfunction of the Accessory nerve.

Think of the Accessory nerve as a set of electrical wires providing power to a pair of machines (the trapezius and sternocleidomastoid muscles). If the wires are damaged, the machines won’t function correctly.

Incorrect answer options:

A) Cranial Nerve IV (Trochlear): The Trochlear nerve innervates the superior oblique muscle of the eye. Damage to this nerve would primarily affect eye movement, specifically downward and inward rotation. It would not directly affect movement in the trapezius muscle.

B) Cranial Nerve VII (Facial): The Facial nerve controls facial expressions, as well as secretion of tears and saliva. Although it has a wide range of functions, none of these include control of the trapezius muscle.

C) Cranial Nerve X (Vagus): The Vagus nerve is responsible for parasympathetic control of the heart, lungs, and digestive tract. It also supplies some muscles in the throat. Impairment in this nerve could lead to a wide range of symptoms, but none of them include impaired movement of the trapezius muscle.

2. Correct answer:

A) Glossopharyngeal nerve (Cranial Nerve IX). The Glossopharyngeal nerve, or Cranial Nerve IX, is primarily responsible for carrying general sensation (such as pain, temperature, and touch) and taste from the posterior one-third of the tongue. So, if a patient is experiencing a loss of sensation in this portion of their tongue, Nurse Lucas should suspect a dysfunction in the Glossopharyngeal nerve.

Imagine the Glossopharyngeal nerve as a telephone line carrying sensory messages (like taste and general sensations) from the back third of the tongue to the brain. If there’s a problem with this telephone line, the messages can’t reach the brain, resulting in a loss of sensation.

Incorrect answer options:

B) Cranial Nerve IV (Trochlear): This nerve primarily controls the superior oblique muscle of the eye, enabling the eye to look down and inward. It does not play a role in sensations or taste in the tongue.

C) Cranial Nerve X (Vagus): The Vagus nerve has a wide range of functions, primarily related to parasympathetic control over the heart, lungs, and digestive tract. It also provides some sensory and motor control in the throat. However, its role in sensation of the tongue is limited to a very small area at the extreme posterior part of the tongue.

D) Cranial Nerve XI (Accessory): This nerve provides motor control to the trapezius and sternocleidomastoid muscles, affecting movements like head rotation and shoulder elevation. It does not have a role in tongue sensation.

3. Correct answer:

D) Cranial Nerve VII (Facial). The Facial nerve, or Cranial Nerve VII, primarily controls facial expressions and conveys taste sensations from the anterior two-thirds of the tongue. While it also plays a role in the secretion of tears via the lacrimal gland, it does not have a direct role in vision or the movement of the eyeball itself.

Think of Cranial Nerve VII as the manager of a theater performance: it directs the actors (the facial muscles) and ensures the stage effects (like tears) are timely. But it doesn’t directly control the lighting or direction of the spotlight (vision).

Incorrect answer options:

A) Cranial Nerve II (Optic): The Optic nerve is the primary nerve responsible for vision. It carries visual information from the retina to the brain. Damage to this nerve can result in partial or total loss of vision.

B) Cranial Nerve III (Oculomotor): The Oculomotor nerve controls most of the eye’s muscles, enabling it to move in various directions. It also controls the size of the pupil and the shape of the lens, which are critical for focusing light on the retina and adjusting to different lighting conditions.

C) Cranial Nerve VI (Abducens): The Abducens nerve controls the lateral rectus muscle of the eye, which allows the eye to move outward (towards the ear). Without the function of this nerve, the eye can’t fully abduct, leading to a condition known as medial strabismus.

4. Correct answer:

A) Cranial Nerve III (Oculomotor). Ptosis, or drooping of the eyelid, can occur due to dysfunction of the Oculomotor nerve (Cranial Nerve III). This nerve innervates the levator palpebrae superioris muscle, which is responsible for lifting the upper eyelid. If this nerve is damaged, the eyelid will not be able to fully open, leading to ptosis.

Think of Cranial Nerve III like a curtain pulley system in a theater – when it’s functioning correctly, it lifts the curtain (eyelid) to allow the audience (eye) to see the stage (outside world). If the pulley system fails, the curtain droops and the view is obstructed.

Incorrect answer options:

B) Cranial Nerve IV (Trochlear): This nerve innervates the superior oblique muscle, which controls the downward and inward movement of the eye. Dysfunction of this nerve does not lead to ptosis but can cause difficulty looking down and inward.

C) Cranial Nerve V (Trigeminal): This nerve provides sensory innervation to the face and controls the muscles of mastication (chewing). It does not have a role in controlling eyelid position.

D) Cranial Nerve VI (Abducens): This nerve innervates the lateral rectus muscle, enabling the eye to move outward (towards the ear). Damage to this nerve does not result in ptosis, but rather, an inability to abduct the eye fully, leading to medial strabismus.

5. Correct answer:

D) Cranial Nerve VI (Abducens). Diplopia, or double vision, can occur when there is a dysfunction in any of the cranial nerves responsible for eye movement. In this case, the Abducens nerve (Cranial Nerve VI) is the correct choice. This nerve innervates the lateral rectus muscle, which allows the eye to move away from the nose (abduction). If this nerve is compromised, it can lead to double vision because the two eyes are not aligning correctly.

Think of the Abducens nerve as the steering wheel of a car driving on a straight road. If the wheel is perfectly aligned, the car moves straight ahead with both headlights focused on the same spot. If the wheel gets stuck to one side (nerve dysfunction), one headlight points in a slightly different direction, causing an ‘overlap’ in the light on the road (double vision).

Incorrect answer options:

A) Cranial Nerve XI (Accessory): The Accessory nerve primarily controls the sternocleidomastoid and trapezius muscles, which allow rotation of the head and shrugging of the shoulders. It doesn’t play a role in eye movements.

B) Cranial Nerve VII (Facial): The Facial nerve controls facial expressions and conveys taste sensations from the anterior two-thirds of the tongue. While it does play a role in the secretion of tears and salivation, it doesn’t directly control vision or eye movement.

C) Cranial Nerve V (Trigeminal): This nerve is primarily responsible for facial sensation and chewing movements, with no direct role in eye movement or vision.

6. Correct answer:

D) Glossopharyngeal. The Glossopharyngeal nerve, also known as Cranial Nerve IX, plays a key role in a variety of functions. These include transmitting sensory information from the back part of the tongue (including taste from the posterior third of the tongue), and controlling the pharyngeal muscles involved in swallowing and vocalization.

Think of the Glossopharyngeal nerve like a highway carrying information from the tongue and pharynx to the brain. If this “highway” gets blocked or damaged, it could affect taste, swallowing, and voice, among other functions.

Incorrect answer options:

A) Trochlear: This is Cranial Nerve IV, which controls the superior oblique muscle of the eye, allowing the eye to move downward and towards the nose.

B) Vestibulocochlear: This is Cranial Nerve VIII, which is involved in hearing and balance. It is not associated with the functions of Cranial Nerve IX.

C) Hypoglossal: This is Cranial Nerve XII, which controls most of the muscles of the tongue, playing a major role in speech and swallowing.

7. Correct answer:

C) Cranial Nerve X (Vagus). The Vagus nerve, also known as Cranial Nerve X, is an incredibly important nerve that controls and monitors a large number of functions in the body. It sends information from the brain to the heart and lungs, controlling heart rate, gastrointestinal peristalsis, sweating, and a few muscle movements in the mouth, including speech (via the recurrent laryngeal nerve). It also receives some sensory information from the ear.

Think of the Vagus nerve as a central command center that has direct lines of communication (nerves) to vital organs like the heart and lungs. If the command center is malfunctioning, it could send incorrect signals or fail to regulate these organs properly, resulting in symptoms such as heart and respiratory irregularities.

Incorrect answer options:

A) Cranial Nerve IV (Trochlear): This nerve primarily controls the superior oblique muscle of the eye, allowing the eye to move downward and towards the nose. It doesn’t have a role in cardiac or respiratory functions.

B) Cranial Nerve VII (Facial): This nerve controls facial expressions and conveys taste sensations from the anterior two-thirds of the tongue. It doesn’t directly control cardiac or respiratory functions.

D) Cranial Nerve XI (Accessory): This nerve primarily controls the sternocleidomastoid and trapezius muscles, which allow rotation of the head and shrugging of the shoulders. It doesn’t have a role in cardiac or respiratory functions.

8. Correct answer:

B) Basal ganglia. The basal ganglia are a group of structures in the brain that play a central role in movement regulation. They are involved in various processes, including motor control, learning, and habit formation. In the context of movement, the basal ganglia work to smooth out voluntary movements and suppress involuntary movements.

Athetosis, characterized by slow, involuntary, convoluted, writhing movements of the fingers, hands, toes, and feet, is often associated with lesions or damage to the basal ganglia.

Imagine the basal ganglia as a kind of choreographer for the brain’s motor system, ensuring movements are fluid and intentional. If the choreographer gets interrupted (as in the case of a lesion), the resulting dance (or movement) might become uncoordinated and erratic, as seen in athetosis.

Incorrect answer options:

A) Midbrain: Although the midbrain plays a crucial role in motor movement, eye movement, and auditory and visual processing, lesions in this area are not specifically associated with athetosis.

C) Subthalamic region: The subthalamic nucleus is part of the basal ganglia system, and its damage often results in Hemiballismus – a condition characterized by involuntary flinging motions of the extremities. It’s not primarily associated with athetosis.

D) Thalamus: The thalamus acts as a relay station, sending sensory and motor signals to the cerebral cortex. While damage to the thalamus can result in sensory and movement problems, it’s not primarily linked to the development of athetosis.

9. Correct answer:

D) There are ipsilateral deficits in the spinothalamic tract. Brown-Sequard syndrome (BSS) is a rare neurological condition often caused by damage to one half of the spinal cord. This damage results in a unique clinical picture with specific deficits on both sides of the body.

Let’s imagine the body as a house with wiring on either side (left and right). In BSS, if there’s damage on one side (say, the left), the ‘wiring’ on that side gets disrupted, leading to “ipsilateral” deficits (those on the same side as the damage). These deficits are seen in the pyramidal tract (causing muscle weakness or paralysis) and the dorsal column (causing loss of proprioception and vibratory sensation).

However, for pain and temperature sensation (which are carried by the spinothalamic tract), the wiring crosses to the other side of the ‘house’ before reaching the brain. So, if there’s damage to the left side of the spinal cord, the right side of the body will have pain and temperature sensation deficits. These are “contralateral” deficits (those on the opposite side of the damage).

Incorrect answer options:

A) There are ipsilateral deficits in the pyramidal tract. – This is a correct feature of BSS. The side of the body on which the spinal cord damage occurs will have muscle weakness or paralysis.

B) There are contralateral deficits in the spinothalamic tract. – This is also a correct feature of BSS. The opposite side of the body from where the spinal cord damage occurs will have pain and temperature sensation deficits.

C) There are ipsilateral deficits in the dorsal column. – This is a correct feature of BSS. The side of the body on which the spinal cord damage occurs will have proprioception and vibratory sensation deficits.

10. Correct answer:

D) Broca’s area. Motor aphasia, also known as Broca’s aphasia, is typically associated with damage to Broca’s area in the brain. This region is located in the posterior part of the frontal lobe, typically in the left hemisphere for right-handed individuals. Broca’s area is heavily involved in language production. Damage to this area may result in speech that is meaningful but halting, laborious, and often grammatically incorrect.

To illustrate this, let’s consider the brain as a well-organized office. Different departments or sections (i.e., regions of the brain) are responsible for various tasks. Broca’s area is like the speech-writing department. If this department gets damaged or disrupted, the office will struggle to produce well-articulated speeches, even though they can understand language and know what they want to express.

Incorrect answer options:

A) Parietal lobe – Although it plays a vital role in integrating sensory information and spatial coordination, the parietal lobe is not directly involved in speech production. It’s more like the logistics department of the office, organizing and integrating information rather than writing speeches.

B) Frontal lobe – The frontal lobe contains Broca’s area, but it is not specific enough. The frontal lobe also includes the prefrontal cortex, which is involved in executive functions such as decision-making and planning, like the managerial and planning section of the office.

C) Wernicke’s area – This region is crucial for understanding language, rather than producing it. It’s located in the superior temporal gyrus in the dominant cerebral hemisphere, which is the left hemisphere in about 95% of right-handed individuals and 70% of left-handed individuals. Damage to Wernicke’s area can result in Wernicke’s aphasia, a condition characterized by fluent but nonsensical speech and difficulty understanding spoken and written language. It’s like the department in the office that interprets and understands incoming communications.

11. Correct answer:

D) A specific zone termed Wernicke’s area. Sensory aphasia, also known as Wernicke’s aphasia, is often associated with damage to Wernicke’s area in the brain. This area is typically located in the superior temporal gyrus in the dominant cerebral hemisphere, which is the left hemisphere for most people. Wernicke’s area is crucial for understanding and interpreting language. If damaged, a patient’s speech might be fluent and grammatically correct, but the words used could be inappropriate, nonsensical, or irrelevant, reflecting the impairment in language comprehension.

Consider a radio station. The station’s job is to receive signals (incoming information), decode them (understand the meaning), and then broadcast meaningful content (produce language). Wernicke’s area is like the part of the station that decodes incoming signals. If this area gets damaged, the station might continue to broadcast fluently, but the content can be irrelevant or nonsensical because the decoding process is compromised.

Incorrect answer options:

A) A region known as Broca’s area – This region, located in the frontal lobe, is responsible for speech production rather than comprehension. A person with damage to Broca’s area may produce slow, laborious, and non-fluent speech, even though their understanding of language remains largely intact.

B) The broad expanse of the Parietal lobe – Although the parietal lobe plays a vital role in integrating sensory information and spatial coordination, it is not directly involved in understanding or interpreting language.

C) The diverse section of the Frontal lobe – While it’s true that the frontal lobe houses Broca’s area, which is involved in speech production, the frontal lobe as a whole is not specifically associated with sensory aphasia.

12. Correct answer:

C) A neurodegenerative condition called Alzheimer’s disease. Bell’s palsy, a form of acute peripheral facial palsy, does not have a definitive cause, but it’s thought to occur as a result of viral inflammation. Certain conditions like Lyme disease, diabetes, and even AIDS have been associated with a higher incidence of Bell’s palsy. However, Alzheimer’s disease, a neurodegenerative condition that affects cognitive functions, is not directly linked to Bell’s palsy.

To illustrate, think of a tree (the facial nerve) that is exposed to different weather conditions (diseases). Certain weather conditions, such as wind (Lyme disease), rain (diabetes), or even a storm (AIDS), might stress the tree or make it more susceptible to damage. However, something like a change in soil nutrients (Alzheimer’s) primarily affects the tree’s growth and overall health, but it wouldn’t directly cause a branch (the facial nerve) to become inflamed and droop.

Incorrect answer options:

A) The tick-borne infection known as Lyme disease – Lyme disease, caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and transmitted through the bite of infected ticks, can result in neurological complications, including Bell’s palsy.

B) The metabolic disorder identified as Diabetes – People with diabetes are believed to be at a higher risk of developing Bell’s palsy, possibly due to the potential for nerve damage (neuropathy) from persistent high blood sugar levels.

D) The immune-compromising disease referred to as AIDS – People with AIDS may have a higher risk of Bell’s palsy, likely due to the immune system’s compromised state, which may increase susceptibility to the viral inflammation believed to cause Bell’s palsy.

13. Correct answer:

C) Frontal lobe. The frontal lobe of the brain is associated with higher cognitive functions, including personality traits, judgment, problem-solving, and social behavior. Damage or lesions in this region can result in noticeable shifts in personality and judgment.

Incorrect answer options:

A) Parietal lobe – This region of the brain processes sensory information it receives from the outside world, mainly relating to touch, taste, and spatial positioning. It’s not primarily associated with personality or judgment.

B) Wernicke’s area – Located in the superior temporal gyrus in the dominant cerebral hemisphere, which is the left hemisphere in about 95% of right-handed individuals and 70% of left-handed individuals, Wernicke’s area is traditionally associated with language comprehension. Damage to this area can result in language comprehension difficulties, but it’s not primarily associated with personality or judgment changes.

D) Broca’s area – This brain region is linked with speech production. Damage to Broca’s area can result in speech and language deficits, specifically expressive aphasia, but it’s not primarily associated with changes in personality or judgment.

14. Correct answer:

D) Cervical Nerve Root C7. The triceps muscle, located at the back of the upper arm, is primarily innervated by the Cervical Nerve Root C7, also known as the radial nerve. The radial nerve stems from the brachial plexus, which is an interlacing network of nerves found in the upper arm area. These nerves originate from the ventral rami of the cervical nerves C5, C6, C7, C8, and the thoracic nerve T1. However, the triceps muscle is primarily controlled by C7, allowing us to extend the forearm at the elbow.

Consider the nerves as electrical wires and the muscles as appliances. Different appliances need different amounts of power (innervation) to function correctly. Similarly, different muscles require innervation from different nerve roots. For the triceps muscle, the main “power source” is the C7 nerve root.

Incorrect answer options:

A) Thoracic Nerve Root T2: This is incorrect because the thoracic nerves primarily innervate the chest, abdomen, and parts of the arms. T2 is not directly involved in triceps innervation.

B) Cervical Nerve Root C5: This nerve root does contribute to the innervation of the arm, but it is more involved with the deltoid muscle and the biceps brachii, rather than the triceps. It’s like trying to power a television with the wiring intended for a fridge—it just won’t function optimally.

C) Cervical Nerve Root C6: This nerve root also has significant roles in the upper arm, particularly innervating the biceps brachii and wrist extensors. However, it is not the primary nerve root for the triceps muscle.

15. Correct answer:

C) Posterior Cord. In the context of the brachial plexus, the nerve network that sends signals from your spine to your shoulder, arm, and hand, the posterior cord is formed by the combination of the upper (C5 and C6), middle (C7), and lower (C8 and T1) trunks.

This organization can be thought of as a complex highway system. Just as roads merge together to form larger highways, different nerve roots and trunks of the brachial plexus merge to form the larger ‘highways’ or cords. These cords then carry signals from the brain to different muscles, allowing for various movements and sensations. The posterior cord is like a major highway that has been formed by merging of several smaller roads (upper, middle, and lower trunks).

Incorrect answer options:

A. Anterior Cord: This option doesn’t exist in the context of the brachial plexus. The anterior divisions of the brachial plexus contribute to the formation of the lateral and medial cords, not a distinct “anterior cord.”

B. Lateral Cord: The lateral cord of the brachial plexus is formed by the anterior divisions of the upper and middle trunks, not the combination of all three trunks.

D. Medial Cord: The medial cord is formed by the anterior division of the lower trunk only, so it’s not formed by the combination of the upper, middle, and lower trunks.

16. Correct answer:

A) Medial Cord. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that originate from the neck region and supply the shoulder, arm, forearm, and hand. The brachial plexus is divided into roots, trunks, divisions, cords, and branches. The lower trunk of the brachial plexus, which consists of the anterior rami of the C8 and T1 nerve roots, contributes to the formation of the medial cord.

This could be compared to a tree, where the roots give rise to the trunk, which then divides into smaller branches, and finally, the smaller branches give rise to the leaves (the end organs, in this case, the muscles). In the scenario of the brachial plexus, the lower trunk (part of the main trunk of the tree) contributes to the formation of the medial cord (a smaller branch).

Incorrect answer options:

B) Lateral Cord: This is incorrect because the lateral cord of the brachial plexus is formed from the anterior divisions of the upper and middle trunks (C5, C6, and C7), not the lower trunk.

C) Anterior Cord: This is not a correct option as the brachial plexus does not have an “anterior cord.” It has lateral, medial, and posterior cords.

D) Posterior Cord: This is incorrect because the posterior cord is formed by all three trunks of the brachial plexus (upper, middle, and lower), but specifically, it’s formed from their posterior divisions, not just the lower trunk.

17. Correct answer:

B) Basal Ganglia. Sudden, jerky, and random movements are characteristic of a neurological condition known as chorea. This is often associated with a lesion in the basal ganglia, a group of subcortical nuclei in the brain that is primarily involved in motor control, as well as cognitive and emotional functions.

To make this easier to understand, think of the basal ganglia as an orchestra conductor, coordinating and modulating the intensity of different movements. When the conductor has a problem (a lesion in the basal ganglia), the music (movements) can become chaotic, leading to uncontrolled, abrupt movements.

Incorrect answer options:

A) Subthalamic Region: Although the subthalamic nucleus is part of the basal ganglia system, a lesion specifically in the subthalamic region more commonly leads to hemiballismus, a condition characterized by violent, flinging movements of the limbs, rather than the jerky and random movements typical of chorea.

C) Thalamus: The thalamus acts as a relay station, transmitting information between different subcortical areas and the cerebral cortex. Lesions in the thalamus can lead to various sensory and motor disturbances, but they typically do not result in the jerky, random movements characteristic of chorea.

D) Midbrain: The midbrain is part of the brainstem and has a variety of functions related to vision, hearing, motor control, sleep, and alertness. While lesions in the midbrain can lead to movement disorders, these are typically not characterized by sudden, jerky, and random movements.

18. Correct answer:

D) Lateral Cord. The brachial plexus is a network of intertwined nerves that begin in the neck region and extend down the arm. It is primarily composed of five roots (C5, C6, C7, C8, and T1) that combine in various ways to form trunks, divisions, cords, and finally branches. The upper trunk of the brachial plexus is formed by the combination of the C5 and C6 roots, while the middle trunk corresponds to the C7 root. The upper and middle trunks give rise to the anterior divisions that combine to form the lateral cord.

Think of this process like a river system: smaller streams (the roots) join together to form larger rivers (the trunks), which then split into multiple channels (divisions). These channels come together once more to form larger rivers (cords), which eventually branch out (branches) to irrigate the land (innervate the muscles).

Incorrect answer options:

A) Medial Cord: The medial cord of the brachial plexus is primarily formed from the anterior division of the lower trunk (C8 and T1), not the upper and middle trunks.

B) Posterior Cord: The posterior cord is formed by the convergence of the posterior divisions from all three trunks: upper, middle, and lower.

C) Anterior Cord: The brachial plexus does not have a structure termed the “anterior cord.” It is divided into lateral, medial, and posterior cords.

19. Correct answer:

D) Middle Cerebral Artery (MCA). Broca’s area, a region of the frontal lobe of the brain involved in speech production, is primarily supplied by the Middle Cerebral Artery (MCA). This artery is a major branch of the internal carotid artery and supplies a significant portion of the cerebral cortex, including areas responsible for sensory and motor functions of the face and upper limbs, and important areas related to speech and language.

Imagine the brain as a city, with the blood vessels acting as the road network supplying different regions. The Middle Cerebral Artery could be thought of as a main highway leading directly to the business district (Broca’s area), supplying it with the necessary resources (oxygen and nutrients) to function effectively.

Incorrect answer options:

A) Posterior Cerebral Artery (PCA): The PCA supplies blood to the occipital lobes, the inferomedial part of the temporal lobes, and a part of the thalamus. It does not supply Broca’s area.

B) Lateral Striate Artery: These arteries, also known as the lenticulostriate arteries, are small branches of the MCA that supply deep structures of the brain like the basal ganglia and internal capsule. They do not supply Broca’s area.

C) Anterior Cerebral Artery (ACA): The ACA primarily supplies the medial and superior parts of the brain, including the superior frontal gyrus, the medial aspect of the cerebral hemisphere, and the paracentral lobule. It does not supply Broca’s area.

20. Correct answer:

D) Posterior Cerebral Artery (PCA). Oculomotor palsy, characterized by paralysis or weakness in the muscles that move the eye, is often associated with a rupture of the Posterior Cerebral Artery (PCA). Specifically, the oculomotor nerve (III) runs in close proximity to the PCA, and an aneurysm (abnormal bulge) or rupture of the PCA can compress or damage this nerve, resulting in oculomotor palsy.

Imagine the nerve as a pedestrian walking on a sidewalk (its normal pathway). If a vehicle (aneurysm or rupture of the PCA) suddenly veers onto the sidewalk, it can hit and injure the pedestrian (oculomotor nerve), causing the pedestrian to be unable to move (oculomotor palsy).

Incorrect answer options:

A) Lateral Striate Artery: This artery, also known as lenticulostriate artery, branches off from the middle cerebral artery (MCA). It supplies deep structures of the brain like the basal ganglia and internal capsule. It is not typically associated with oculomotor palsy.

B) Anterior Cerebral Artery (ACA): The ACA supplies parts of the frontal lobe and parietal lobe of the brain. It is not typically associated with oculomotor palsy.

C) Middle Cerebral Artery (MCA): The MCA supplies most of the lateral surfaces of the frontal lobes and parietal lobes, including the motor and sensory areas. While it’s a critical vessel for brain function, it is not typically associated with oculomotor palsy.