Pontine cistern

Dr Yusra Sheikh and Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

The pontine cistern, or prepontine cistern, is a CSF-filled subarachnoid cistern located ventral to the pons and dorsal to the clivus.

It is contiguous with the pontocerebellar cisterns laterally, interpeduncular cistern superiorly, and premedullary cistern inferiorly. It receives CSF from the fourth ventricle via the lateral apertures.

Several vessels and nerves course through the cistern:

Anatomy: Brain

Anatomy: Brain

Article information

rID: 5863
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Basilar cistern
  • Prepontine cistern

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Cases and figures

  • Subarachnoid cistern (illustration)
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  • Cisterns and CSF flow - Gray's anatomy illustration
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