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Great Cerebral Vein
Cardiovascular System

Great Cerebral Vein

Vena magna cerebri

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The great cerebral vein (aka Galen’s vein) is a short vein formed by the union of the two iInternal cerebral veins. Draining the deep aspects of the cerebral hemispheres the great cerebral vein runs caudally between the splenium of the corpus callosum and the pineal gland before merging with the inferior sagittal sinus to form the straight sinus.

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Great Cerebral Vein

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The great cerebral vein is located in the median plane of the encephalon and is formed by the fusion of the internal cerebral veins and the longitudinal hippocampal veins.

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