Inferior petro-occipital vein
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The inferior petro-occipital vein is located immediately inferior to the petro-occipital suture and provides a communication between the internal carotid artery venous plexus of Rektorzik, or less commonly the cavernous sinus, anteromedially and the jugular bulb, or less commonly the inferior petrosal sinus, posterolaterally 1.
It has been used as an alternative venous access route to the cavernous sinus when the inferior petrosal sinus is not available 2.
- 1. Tubbs RS, Watanabe K, Loukas M, Cohen-Gadol AA. Anatomy of the inferior petro-occipital vein and its relation to the base of the skull: application to surgical and endovascular procedures of the skull base. (2014) Clinical anatomy (New York, N.Y.). 27 (5): 698-701. doi:10.1002/ca.22268 - Pubmed
- 2. Akira Kurata, Sachio Suzuki, Kazuhisa Iwamoto, Kuniaki Nakahara, Madoka Inukai, June Niki, Kimitoshi Satou, Masaru Yamada, Kiyotaka Fujii, Shinichi Kan, Toshiro Katsuta. A new transvenous approach to the carotid-cavernous sinus via the inferior petrooccipital vein: Clinical article. (2012) Journal of Neurosurgery. 116 (3): 581. doi:10.3171/2011.4.JNS102155 - Pubmed