Dural veins (Straight sinus labeled as 'SIN. RECTUS' at center right.)
|inferior sagittal sinus, great cerebral vein|
|confluence of sinuses|
The straight sinus, also known as tentorial sinus or the sinus rectus, is an area within the skull beneath the brain that receives venous blood. The straight sinus receives blood from the superior cerebellar veins and inferior sagittal sinus and drains into the confluence of sinuses.
The straight sinus is situated within the dura mater, where the falx cerebri meets the midline of tentorium cerebelli. In cross-section it is triangular, contains a few transverse bands across its interior, and increases in size as it proceeds backward.
The straight sinus is an unpaired area beneath the brain which allows blood to drain from the inferior center of the head outwards posteriorly. It receives blood from the inferior sagittal sinus, great cerebral vein, posterior cerebral veins, superior cerebellar veins and veins from the falx cerebri.
- This article uses anatomical terminology; for an overview, see anatomical terminology.