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What makes up the diencephalon and what is it's purpose?

The thalamus and hypothalmus
Central core of the cerebrum with connections to the right and left cerebral hemispheres and the midbrain


What are the 3 parts of the brainstem?

Medulla oblongata


What is the inferior continuation of the brainstem called?

Spinal cord


What connects the pituitary gland to the hypothalamus?



Where exactly does the pituitary gland sit?

Midline structure in the pituitary fossa of the sphenoid bone which sits in the sella turcica


Briefly describe what happens when light rays come from the nasal side of the right visual field.

- They are absorbed by the temporal retina
- Posterior to the retina is the optic nerve (ight changes to AP here)
- This AP goes posteriorly and crosses at the optic chiasm
- Now known as the optic tracts, they leave and synapse in the thalamus
- continue posteriorly as the optic radiation to the left vvisual cortex in the left occipital lobe


What is the clinical outcome of a pituitary tumour?

Bilateral hemianopia - loss of vision on the temporal side of visual field bilaterally


Give 3 options for gaining surgical access to the pituitary fossa.

le-Fort 1 down fracture


Which bones are involved in the nasal cavities?

Cribiform plate of ethmoid bone - roof
Perpendicular plate of ethmoid bone - superior part
Vomer - inferior part


What are the names of the 3 nasal conchae and which bones do they come from?

Superior nasal concha of ethmoid bone
Middle nasal concha of ethmoid bone
Inferior nasal concha (separate bone)


What are the nasal concha and paranasal sinuses lined by?

Mucous secreting respiratory mucosa


Name the 4 sets of paranasal sinuses.

Frontal sinuses
Maxillary sinuses
Ethmoidal air cells
Sphenoid sinuses


Where is dura mater and what is its function?

Adherent to the iternal aspects of ALL bones in the cranial vault
Functions to protect structures of the cranial cavity


What is tentorium cerebelli?

A tough sheet of dura mater "tenting" over the cerebellum within the posterior cranial fossa
It has a central gap which allows the brainste to pass through


What is the diaphragm sellae and where is it?

A tough sheet of dura mater forming a roof (diaphragm) over the pituitary fossa


What do dural venous sinuses drain?

Drains most of the venous blood from the cranial cavity (including the brain) into the internal jugular veina at the jugular formainae in the floor of the posterior cranial fossa


What is the pituitary gland surrounded by?

Cavernous ad intercavernous sinuses


What does the anterior intercavernous sinus connect?

The right and left cavernous sinuses anteroir to the pituitary gland


Where does the ophthalmic artery come from and what does it supply?

Branches off the internal carotid artery to supply the eye


What branches from the ophthalmic artery?

The central artery of the retina (end artery)


Give some potential functions of the paranasal sinuses.

Make mucous anddrain it into the nasal cavities via ostia
reduce the weight of the skull
Add resonance to the voice
Increase bouyancy in aquatic mammals


What do the left and right vertebral arteries become when they join?

Basilar artery (crossing anterior surface of Pons)