Foramen Vesalii (annotated image)

Case contributed by Dr Craig Hacking




Foramen Vesalii in red. Ov: foramen ovale. S: foramen spinosum. CC: carotid canal.

Case Discussion

The foramen Vesalii, also know as the foramen of Vesalius, sphenoidal emissary foramen, foramen venosus or canaliculus sphenoidal, is a tiny variably present foramen in the greater wing of the sphenoid bone, located between the foramen ovale and scaphoid fossa. It transmits a sphenoidal emissary vein linking the pterygoid venous plexus in the infratemporal fossa to the cavernous sinus.

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Case information

rID: 56269
Published: 23rd Oct 2017
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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