Jugular foramen

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The jugular foramen (Latin for "throttle hole") is a large opening in the base of the skull through which some important conduction pathways reach the neck. It lies behind the passage of the internal carotid artery and is bounded in front by the petrous bone and in the back by the occiput . It's usually larger on the right side.

Structure and content

The jugular foramen can be divided into three sections (compartments):

The pars anterior is separated from the pars intermedia by the petrobasilar ligament. Between the pars intermedia and the pars posterior lies the petrooccipital ligament.

Individual evidence

  1. Federative Committee on Anatomical Terminology (FCAT) (1998). Terminologia Anatomica . Stuttgart: Thieme