Superficial middle cerebral vein

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Vein: Superficial middle cerebral vein
Outer surface of cerebral hemisphere, showing areas supplied by cerebral arteries. (Superficial middle cerebral veins not labeled, but region drained is roughly equivalent to pink region.)
Lateral sulcus2.png
Lateral sulcus (Superficial middle cerebral vein not visible, but vein runs in lateral sulcus.)
Latin Vena media superficialis cerebri
Gray's p.652
Drains to
cavernous sinus, basal vein
middle cerebral artery

The superficial middle cerebral vein (superficial Sylvian vein) begins on the lateral surface of the hemisphere, and, running along the lateral cerebral sulcus, ends in the cavernous or the sphenoparietal sinus.

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It is connected:

  1. with the superior sagittal sinus by the great anastomotic vein of Trolard (Superior anastomotic vein), which opens into one of the superior cerebral veins;
  2. with the transverse sinus by the posterior anastomotic vein of Labbé (Inferior anastomotic vein), which courses over the temporal lobe.

This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.