Lecture Notes - Scalp, Cranial Cavity, Meninges & Brain

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Skin: hair, sweat and sebaceous glands, abundant blood supply.

Connective tissue: dense, rich in blood and nerve supply.

Aponeurosis(epicranial): occipitofrontalis muscle; important in scalp lacerations.

Loose areolar tissue: "dangerous area of the scalp"; emissary veins.

Pericranium: dense; cephalohematoma

Scalp vessels: external and internal carotid arteries.
Scalp nerves: Trigeminal (CN V) and C2-3.
Calvaria (cranial vault): emissary foramina
Skull base: anterior, middle and posterior cranial fossae: fractures
Cranial meninges:
Dura mater: (external and internal layers), sensitive to pain; epidural / subdural hematoma; falx cerebri; tentorium cerebelli; falx cerebelli; venous sinuses.
Arachnoid mater: cerebrospinal fluid (CSF); subarachnoid bleeding.
Pia mater: closely applied to brain tissue.
Cranial Nerves:
IOlfactorycribriform plate of ethmoidsmell
IIOpticoptic canalvision
IIIOculomotorsuperior orbital fissureeye muscles
IVTrochlearsuperior orbital fissureeye muscles
VTrigeminal(1) Ophthalmic: superior orbital fissure; (2) Maxillary: foramen rotundum; (3) mandibular: foramen ovaleface sensation & mastication
VIAbducentsuperior orbital fissureeye muscles
VIIFacialinternal acoustic meatusface muscles; salivary & lacrimal glands
VIIIVestibulocochlearinternal acoustic meatushearing & balance
IXGlossopharyngealjugular canal (foramen)pharynx; tongue & parotid gland
XVagusjugular canalpharynx, larynx & viscera
XIAccessoryjugular canalneck muscles (Trapezius/sternocleidomastoid)
XIIHypoglossalhypoglossal canaltongue muscles
Venous Sinuses:
Superior sagittal sinus: arachnoid granulation; superior cerebral veins; subdural hematoma
Inferior sagittal sinus
Sinus rectus: great cerebral vein
Confluens of sinuses
Transverse sinus: inferior cerebral veins
Sigmoid sinus: internal jugular vein
Occipital sinus
Superior and Inferior petrosal sinuses
Cavernous sinus: Ophthalmic and middle cerebral veins; the III, IV, V1, V2 are in its lateral wall and contains VI, and internal carotid artery. Cavernous sinus thrombosis
Cerebrum: 2 cerebral hemispheres; lobes: frontal, parietal, occipital, temporal, and insular
Diencephalon: Thalamus and hypothalamus
Brainstem: last 10 cranial nerves attached to it; midbrain (III, IV), pons (V, VI, VII, VIII), and medulla oblongata (IX, X, XI, XII)
Cerebellum: 2 cerebellar hemispheres
Ventricles & CSF:
2 Lateral ventricles: cerebral hemispheres
Third ventricle: in diencephalon
Cerebral Acqueduct (of Sylvius) & Fourth ventricle: in brain stem
Subarachnoid space: CSF: 100-120 ml
Vertebral & basilar
Internal carotid
Circle of Willis: subarachnoid bleeding