Inferior petrosal sinus

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Inferior petrosal sinus
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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
cavernous sinus
Drains to
internal jugular vein
Gray's p.659
MeSH A07.231.908.224
TA A12.3.05.113
FMA 50770
Anatomical terminology

The inferior petrosal sinuses, within the human head, are beneath the brain and allow blood to drain from the center of the head.

They drain on either side inferiorly from the cavernous sinus (beneath the brain) and join with the sigmoid sinus to form the internal jugular vein, which continues inferiorly to drain blood from the base of the skull. 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 bone with the basilar part of the occipital bone.

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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