Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dural Venous Sinuses

The dural venous sinuses are the meningeal ducts or conduits, into which the venous blood from the cerebral veins flows. Located in the dura mater of the meninges, just over the brain surface, their function is to drain the oxygen-depleted blood, which comes from the brain via de cerebral veins, and excess cerobrospinal fluid into the internal jugular vein. There are several dural sinuses in the meninges; they are: superior sagittal sinus, inferior sagittal sinus, straight sinus, occipital sinus, sphenoparietal sinus, cavernous sinuses, confluence of sinuses, superior petrosal sinus, inferior petrosal sinus, transverse sinus, and sigmoid sinus.