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Inferior petrosal sinus

Vein: Inferior petrosal sinus
Dural veins
The sinuses at the base of the skull. (Inferior petrosal sinus visible at center, between superior petrosal sinus and basilar plexus.)
Latin sinus petrosus inferior
Gray's subject #171 659
Source cavernous sinus
Drains to internal jugular vein
MeSH Cranial+Sinuses
Dorlands/Elsevier s_12/12739065

The inferior petrosal sinus, within the human head, is an area beneath the brain, which allows blood veins to span the area, from the center of the head downward. It drains from the cavernous sinus (beneath the brain) to the sigmoid sinuses above the internal jugular vein. See diagram (at right): labeled under the brain as "S. PETROS. INF." (for Latin: sinus petrosus inferior).

The inferior petrosal sinus is situated in the inferior petrosal sulcus, formed by the junction of the petrous part of the temporal with the basilar part of the occipital.

It begins in the postero-inferior part of the cavernous sinus and, passing through the anterior part of the jugular foramen, ends in the superior bulb of the internal jugular vein.

The inferior petrosal sinus receives the internal auditory veins and also veins from the medulla oblongata, pons, and under surface of the cerebellum.

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