Middle cerebral veins

The middle cerebral veins are the superficial middle cerebral vein and the deep middle cerebral vein.

Middle cerebral veins
Outer surface of cerebral hemisphere, showing areas supplied by cerebral arteries. (Middle cerebral veins not labeled, but region drained is roughly equivalent to pink region.)
Lateral sulcus (Middle cerebral veins not visible, but veins run in lateral sulcus.)
Drains tocavernous sinus, basal vein
Arterymiddle cerebral artery
LatinVenae media cerebri
Anatomical terminology


The superficial middle cerebral vein is connected:

  1. with the superior sagittal sinus by the superior anastomotic vein (vein of Trolard) which opens into one of the superior cerebral veins;
  2. with the transverse sinus by the inferior anastomotic vein (vein of Labbé) which courses over the temporal lobe.
Sagittal section of the skull, showing the sinuses of the dura. (Cerebral veins labeled at center left.)

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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