Superficial middle cerebral vein

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Superficial middle cerebral vein
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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.)
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Lateral sulcus (Superficial middle cerebral vein not visible, but vein runs in lateral sulcus.)
Latin Vena media superficialis cerebri
Drains to
cavernous sinus, basal vein
middle cerebral artery
Gray's p.652
TA A12.3.06.009
FMA 50983
Anatomical terminology

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