Accessory meningeal artery

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The accessory meningeal artery (also accessory branch of middle meningeal artery, pterygomeningeal artery, small meningeal or parvidural branch) is a branch of the maxillary artery, sometimes derived from the middle meningeal artery.


It enters the skull through the foramen ovale, and supplies the semilunar ganglion and dura mater.


Only about 10% of the blood flowing through this artery reaches intracranial structures. [1]

Reflecting this fact, Terminologia Anatomica lists entries for both "accessory branch of middle meningeal artery" and "pterygomeningeal artery".[2]


  1. Vitek J (1989). "Accessory meningeal artery: an anatomic misnomer". AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 10 (3): 569–73. PMID 2501989.
  2. Federative Committee on Anatomical Termi (1998). Terminologia Anatomica: International Anatomical Terminology. Thieme Stuttgart. ISBN 3-13-114361-4.

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