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Cerebral veins

The cerebral veins (Latin: venae cerebri) are blood vessels that collect venous blood from the brain, including surfaces and interior parts of the cerebral hemispheres and the cerebellum. The cerebral veins are subdivided into two groups - superficial and deep cerebral veins.

The superficial cerebral veins (Latin: venae cerebri superficiales) drain the cerebral cortex and cerebellar cortex. The superficial cerebral veins include the following vessels: superior superficial cerebral veins, middle cerebral superficial veins, inferior superficial cerebral veins, as well as the superior and inferior cerebellar veins.

The deep cerebral veins (Latin: venae cerebri profundae) collect blood from the white matter, basal ganglia, and choroid plexuses. In the human brain, there are typically four paired and one unpaired deep cerebral vein. The deep cerebral veins include the thalamostriate vein, choroid vein, vein of the septum pellucidum, internal cerebral vein, and the great cerebral vein.