Middle cranial fossa

The middle cranial fossa is a butterfly-shaped depression of the skull base, which is narrow in the middle and wider laterally. It houses the temporal lobes of the cerebrum.

Gross anatomy

The middle cranial fossa can be divided into medial and lateral parts. In the medial part, the following structures are present from anterior to posterior:

The lateral part is considerably deeper than the medial part to allow for the temporal lobes. Structures present in the middle cranial fossa from anterior to posterior are:

Anatomy: Head and neck
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rID: 28338
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
Tag: pm, refs, cases, stub
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  • Middle cranial fossa (MCF)

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