Transverse Foramen

Specific to the cervical vertebra is the transverse foramen (also known as foramen transversarium ). This is an opening on each of the transverse processes which gives passage to the vertebral artery and vein and a sympathetic nerve plexus. On the cervical vertebrae other than the atlas,…

: a foramen in each transverse process of a cervical vertebra through which the vertebral artery and vertebral vein pass in each cervical vertebra except the seventh.

Transverse foramen/ Foramen Transversarium is a gap on each of the transverse processes which contain the vertebral artery and vein and a sympathetic nerve plexus and it is only found in the cervical vertebrae. The spinal nerves and ganglia traverse the dorsal border of the artery along with segmental vessels.

This diagram with labels depicts and explains the details of Transverse Foramen.

Transverse Foramen