Foramen Rotundum Artery

Number 37 above. Another EC-IC anastomosis.  Usually connects the distal IMAX with the ILT system.  Occasionally does a lot for revascularization of ICA in cervical occlusive disease.  More commonly, participates in supply of shunts, such as cavernous dural fistulas.  Embolization carries risk of injury to V2.  We had one case (Onyx closure of cavernous dural fistula) that recovered after some months.  Can’t find it.

Usually, the branch is small.  Supply is a spectrum like everything else — can come predominantly from IMAX, ILT , MMA, or all/either.

Here, the enlarged Foramen Rotundum artery (dashed arrows) reconstitutes a proximally dissected ICA, along with cavernous branch of MMAand  sphenoid branch (arrowhead, connecting to ophthalmic artery) of MMA

Another view

VR images

Axial source recons — same arrows

Here, a large network of multiple vessels supplies a cavernous sinus dural fistula — see full case here.  The foramen rotundum arterial network is one of them.  Again, this shows how these nice vessel lines we draw in diagrams are really silly.  There is a network everywhere.  Look at these..

Video — pause and scroll through individual images