At the pole, the outer surface of the temporal lobe is almost flat and inclined mediobasally. Posteriorly it rises and becomes laterally increasingly rounded. With the third temporal gyrus it curves round towards the base. The area of the pole is convexly arched forwards into the middle cranial fossa. Over Impressio petrosa the under surface becomes concave, and the curve towards the edge of Tentorium becomes flatter. Impressio petrosa of the temporal lobe base reaches forward medially from the lateral point of Margo superior partis petrosae as far as the mid-uncus area at the level of the anterior border of the pons. Not until it reaches the occipital lobe crossing over Tentorium does the temporal lobe again rise increasingly steeply in a medial direction. The highest point is at the upper border of the petrous bone (lateral point of Margo superior partis petrosae), 75 mm behind the temporal pole over the entrance of Sinus petrosus superior into Sinus trans-versus. The surfaces of Uncus, Gyrus parahippocampalis, and of flattened Gyrus occipitotemporalis lateralis are not very variable.


Temporal Lobe Middle Cranial Fossa Arachnoid Membrane Petrous Bone Sylvian Vein 
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  • Wolfgang Seeger
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Freiburg i. Br.Federal Republic of Germany

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