|Base of skull. Inferior surface. (label for jugular foramen is at right, third from the bottom)|
|Gray's||subject #46 181|
The jugular foramen, a large aperture in the base of the skull. It is located behind the carotid canal and is formed in front by the petrous portion of the temporal, and behind by the occipital; it is generally larger on the right than on the left side
The jugular foramen may be subdivided into three compartments, each with their own contents.
- The anterior compartment transmits the inferior petrosal sinus.
- The intermediate transmits the glossopharyngeal, vagus, and accessory nerves.
- The posterior transmits the transverse sinus (becoming the internal jugular vein) and some meningeal branches from the occipital and ascending pharyngeal arteries.
- SUNY Figs 22:5b-12
- SUNY Figs 22:4a-08
- Norman/Georgetown cranialnerves (IX, XI)
- Roche Lexicon - illustrated navigator, at Elsevier 34257.000-1
This article was originally based on an entry from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy. As such, some of the information contained herein may be outdated. Please edit the article if this is the case, and feel free to remove this notice when it is no longer relevant.