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Arteries of Meninges & Cranium (Left)
Cardiovascular System

Arteries of Meninges & Cranium (Left)

Arteriae meningis et cranii

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The meningeal arteries lie mainly within the periosteal layer of the dura mater, supplying it and the adjacent bone. The anterior cranial fossa receives meningeal branches from the anterior and posterior ethmoidal arteries, the internal carotid artery, and the frontal branch of the middle meningeal artery.

The middle cranial fossa receives supply from the parietal branches of the middle meningeal artery, the accessory meningeal artery, and a carotid branch of the neuromeningeal trunk arising from the ascending pharyngeal artery.

The posterior cranial fossa receives arterial supply from the meningeal branch of the occipital artery, the dorsal meningeal artery, the tentorial branches arising from the meningohypophyseal trunk, the posterior meningeal artery, and the hypoglossal branch from the neuromeningeal trunk.

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Meningeal Artery

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The dorsal meningeal artery (or lateral clival artery) arises from the meningohypophyseal trunk of the cavernous segment of ICA and courses posteriorly past Dorello's canal, medial to the petrous ridge (Fig. 14.12A and B).

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