Middle cerebral veins

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Middle cerebral veins
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Outer surface of cerebral hemisphere, showing areas supplied by cerebral arteries. (Middle cerebral veins not labeled, but region drained is roughly equivalent to pink region.)
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Lateral sulcus (Middle cerebral veins not visible, but veins run in lateral sulcus.)
Drains to cavernous sinus, basal vein
Artery middle cerebral artery
Latin Venae media cerebri
Anatomical terminology

The middle cerebral veins are the superficial middle cerebral vein and the deep middle cerebral vein.

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

The deep middle cerebral vein (deep Sylvian vein) receives tributaries from the insula and neighboring gyri, and runs in the lower part of the lateral sulcus.


The superior middle cerebral vein 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.
Sagittal section of the skull, showing the sinuses of the dura. (Cerebral veins labeled at center left.)

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)