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|Base of skull. Inferior surface. (label for jugular foramen is at right, third from the bottom)|
|Gray's||subject #46 181|
Behind the carotid canal is the jugular foramen, a large aperture, 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, and may be subdivided into three compartments.
- The anterior compartment transmits the inferior petrosal sinus.
- The intermediate transmits the glossopharyngeal, vagus, and accessory nerves.
- The posterior transmits the transverse sinus and some meningeal branches from the occipital and ascending pharyngeal arteries.
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