Middle cranial fossa

Last revised by Dr Kieran Kusel on 18 Dec 2019

The middle cranial fossa is a butterfly-shaped depression of the skull base, which is narrow in the middle and wider laterally. It houses the temporal lobes of the cerebrum.

Gross anatomy

The middle cranial fossa can be divided into medial and lateral parts. In the medial part, the following structures are present from anterior to posterior:

The lateral part is considerably deeper than the medial part to allow for the temporal lobes. Structures present in the lateral part from anterior to posterior are:

Boundaries
Anatomy: Head and neck

Anatomy: Head and neck

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Cases and figures

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  • Figure 2: skull and facial bones
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