Superior cerebral veins

The superior cerebral veins, numbering eight to twelve, drain the superior, lateral, and medial surfaces of the hemispheres. They are predominantly found in the sulci between the gyri, but can also be found running across the gyri.

Superior cerebral veins
Various cerebral veins visible.
Outer surface of cerebral hemisphere, showing areas supplied by cerebral arteries. (Superior cerebral veins not labeled, but region drained is roughly equivalent to blue region.)
Drains tosuperior sagittal sinus
Arterycerebral arteries
LatinVenae cerebri superiores
Anatomical terminology

Individually they drain into the superior sagittal sinus. The anterior veins run at near right angles to the sinus while the posterior and larger veins are directed at oblique angles, opening into the sinus in a direction opposed to the current (anterior to posterior) of the blood contained within it.

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