Pterygoid canal

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Pterygoid canal
Gray187.png
Base of skull. Inferior surface. (Sphenoid is yellow.)
Gray146.png
Sphenoid bone. Anterior and inferior surfaces. (Pterygoid c. labeled at center left.)
Details
Latin Canalis pterygoideus
artery of the pterygoid canal
nerve of pterygoid canal
Identifiers
Gray's p.180
Dorlands
/Elsevier
c_04/12208798
TA A02.1.05.053
FMA FMA:54756
Anatomical terminology

The pterygoid canal (also vidian canal) is a passage in the skull leading from just anterior to the foramen lacerum in the middle cranial fossa to the pterygopalatine fossa.

Structure[edit]

The pterygoid canal runs through the medial pterygoid plate of the sphenoid bone to the back wall of the pterygopalatine fossa.

Contents[edit]

It transmits the nerve of pterygoid canal, artery of the pterygoid canal and vein of the pterygoid canal.

These three are also known as the Vidian Nerve, Vidian Artery and Vidian Vein.

Additional images[edit]

External links[edit]