A 24-year-old woman is transported to the emergency department by ambulance following a motor vehicle accident. She is noted to have facial lacerations on the left and a small amount of blood in the external auditory canal. If the facial nerve is damaged during its course through the external auditory meatus, which of the following senses will be compromised?
- A) Facial sensation
- B) Lacrimal gland secretion
- C) Muscles of facial expression
- D) Taste sensation to anterior 2/3 of tongue
- E) Taste sensation to posterior 1/3 of tongue