Pterygoid canal

Pterygoid canal

Infobox Anatomy
Latin = c. pterygoideus
GraySubject = 46
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Caption = Base of skull. Inferior surface. (Sphenoid is yellow.)

Caption2 = Sphenoid bone. Anterior and inferior surfaces. (Pterygoid c. labeled at center left.)
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Artery = artery of the pterygoid canal
Vein =
Nerve = nerve of pterygoid canal
Lymph =
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DorlandsPre = c_04
DorlandsSuf = 12208798
The pterygoid canal (also vidian canal) is a passage in the skull leading from just anterior to the foramen lacerum in the middle cranial fossa to the pterygopalatine fossa.


The pterygoid canal runs through the medial pterygoid plate of the sphenoid bone to the back wall of the pterygopalatine fossa.


It transmits the nerve of pterygoid canal and artery of the pterygoid canal.


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