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Petrous Carotid Endoscopic Perspective

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This is a right anterior view of the pons and overlying basilar artery following removal of most of the clivus. The petrous portion of the internal carotid artery has also been exposed and reveals its perivascular internal carotid sympathetic nerve plexus. The Vidian nerve can be seen coursing toward the Vidian canal. (Image courtesy of AL Rhoton, Jr.)

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