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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.

Pterygoid canal
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Base of skull. Inferior surface. (Sphenoid is yellow.)
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Sphenoid bone. Anterior and inferior surfaces. (Pterygoid c. labeled at center left.)
Details
Arteryartery of the pterygoid canal
Nervenerve of pterygoid canal
Identifiers
LatinCanalis pterygoideus
TAA02.1.05.053
FMA54756
Anatomical terminology

StructureEdit

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

ContentsEdit

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

These three are also known as the Vidian Nerve, Vidian Artery and Vidian Vein.

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