Superficial cerebral veins

The superficial cerebral veins (Latin: venae cerebri superficiales) are venous blood vessels that drain both the cerebral cortex and the cerebellar cortex.

The superficial cerebral veins include the following vessels:

  • superior superficial cerebral veins,
  • middle cerebral superficial veins,
  • inferior superficial cerebral veins,
  • superior cerebellar veins,
  • inferior cerebellar veins.

There are eight to twelve superior superficial cerebral veins that collect venous blood from the medial and superolateral cerebral hemispheres to drain into the superior sagittal sinus.

The middle superficial cerebral veins collect venous blood from the frontal, parietal and temporal lobes, and empty into the cavernous sinus.

The inferior superficial cerebral veins are the smallest of the superficial cerebral veins. These veins collect venous blood from the inferior surface of the cerebral cortex and drain into adjacent sinuses.

The superior and inferior cerebellar veins collect venous blood from the cerebellum and flow into the superior petrosal sinus, inferior petrosal sinus, sigmoid sinus, and transverse sinus.