Cerebral veins

The cerebral veins (Latin: venae cerebri) are blood vessels that collect venous blood from the surfaces and interior parts of the cerebral hemispheres and the cerebellum.

The cerebral veins are subdivided into two groups:

  • superficial cerebral veins,
  • deep cerebral veins.

The superficial cerebral veins (Latin: venae cerebri superficiales) are venous blood vessels that drain the cerebral cortex and cerebellar cortex. The superior superficial cerebral veins, the middle cerebral superficial veins, the inferior superficial cerebral veins, superior and inferior cerebellar veins belong to the superficial cerebral veins.

The deep cerebral veins (Latin: venae cerebri profundae) are venous blood vessels that collect blood from the white matter, basal ganglia, and choroid plexuses. In the human brain, there are four paired and one unpaired deep cerebral vein. The deep cerebral veins include the thalamostriate vein, choroid vein, vein of the septum pellucidum, internal cerebral vein, and great cerebral vein.