Description

The posterior meningeal artery is the largest vessel supplying the dura region of the posterior fossa. It typically arises from the ascending pharyngeal artery although other origins have been seen, such as the occipital artery. The artery or its branches enter the cranium through jugular foramen, foramen magnum or hypoglossal canal.

Note that in some sources (neuroangio.org for example), the posterior meningeal artery is described as a branch of vertebral artery for dural region of the posterior fossa: probably this denomination refers to the "posterior meningeal branch" included in the meningeal branches of vertebral artery as termed in the Terminologia Anatomica.


Text by Antoine Micheau, MD - Copyright IMAIOS
This definition incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy (20th U.S. edition of Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body, published in 1918 – from http://www.bartleby.com/107/).

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