Condylar canal

Last revised by Dr Henry Knipe on 12 Apr 2021

The condylar canal, or canalis condylaris, is a skull base canal in the posterior cranial fossa, located in the condylar fossa. It is the largest of the emissary foramina of the skull 1.


Variant anatomy

The condylar canal has a variable presence and is seen only in ~55% (range 50-60%) of cases. It is more commonly bilateral.

Anatomy: Head and neck

Anatomy: Head and neck

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: inferior view
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  • Figure 2: superior view
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  • Case 1: unilateral
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