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.
Reflecting this fact, Terminologia Anatomica lists entries for both "accessory branch of middle meningeal artery" and "pterygomeningeal artery".
- Dilenge D, Géraud G "Accessory meningeal artery.". Acta Radiol Suppl 347 63–9.