Cerebral Sinus


Cerebral Sinus, Cranial Sinus, Superior Sagittal Sinus, Transverse Sinus, Straight Sinus, Sigmoid Sinus, Cerebral Venous Sinus

  • Definitions
  1. Cerebral Sinus
    1. Venous channels (sinuses) that drain ultimately into the Jugular Vein
  • Images
  • Anatomy
  • Major Cerebral Sinuses
  1. Superior Sagittal Sinus
    1. Drains cerebrospinal fluid
    2. Saggital sinus thrombosis may occur (presenting with severe Headache)
  2. Cavernous Sinus
    1. Drains venous blood from the eye
    2. May act as a conduit for spreading infection intracranially from Orbital Cellulitis, other serious facial infections
  3. Transverse Sinus
    1. Runs in the vicinity of the ear (with risk of contiguious spread from inner ear infections)
  • Anatomy
  • Other Cerebral Sinuses
  1. Inferior Sagittal Sinus
    1. Contained in the falx cerebri
  2. Straight Sinus
    1. Contained in the tentorium cerebelli
  • References
  1. Goldberg (2014) Clinical Neuroanatomy, Medmaster, p. 6-15
  2. Netter (1997) Atlas Human Anatomy, ICON Learning, p. 97-98