Anatomy of the Jugular Foramen

  • Madjid Samii
  • Wolfgang Draf
  • Johannes Lang


In adults the lateral rim of the jugular foramen lies 14.1 (8–19) mm from the inferior margin of the porus acusticus on the right side and 15.5 (9–21) mm on the left side. Hence:
  1. 1)

    The mean distance is shorter on the right side, probably due to the fact that the jugular foramen is better developed on that side.

  2. 2)

    This distance shows a very large range of individual variation.



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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Madjid Samii
    • 1
  • Wolfgang Draf
    • 2
  • Johannes Lang
    • 3
  1. 1.Medizinische Hochschule HannoverKrankenhaus Nordstadt derHannover 1Germany
  2. 2.Städtische Kliniken FuldaFuldaGermany
  3. 3.Vorstand des Anatomischen Instituts der UniversitätWürzburgGermany

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