Confluence of sinuses

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Vein: Confluence of sinuses
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Dural veins. (Labeled with "confluens sinuum")
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Sagittal section of the skull, showing the sinuses of the dura. (Labeled with "torcula herophili".)
Latin confluens sinuum, torcula herophili
Gray's subject #171 658
Source superior sagittal sinus, straight sinus, occipital sinus
Drains to transverse sinuses
MeSH Cranial+Sinuses
Dorlands
/ Elsevier
    
c_52/12255035

Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]



The superior sagittal sinus, straight sinus, and occipital sinus connect at a series of channels that comprise the confluence of sinuses, which is found beneath the occipital protuberance of the skull. They drain blood into the right and left transverse sinuses.

An older, Latinate term for the confluence of sinuses is torcula herophili.

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