Cistern of the lamina terminalis

Last revised by David Luong on 19 Feb 2022

The cistern of the lamina terminalis is one of the unpaired CSF-filled subarachnoid cisterns.

Gross anatomy

The cistern of lamina terminalis lies anterior to the anterior wall of the 3rd ventricle in the midline and appears like a high-top tent with a diamond-shaped floor1. It acts as a connection between the pericallosal and interpeduncular cisterns 2.


The following structures contribute to the walls of the cistern of lamina terminalis.

Related pathology

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: subarachnoid cisterns
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  • Case 2
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