Aortic sinus

Infobox Anatomy
Name = Aortic sinus
Latin = sinus aortae
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Caption = Aorta laid open to show the semilunar valves. (Aortic sinus labeled at upper left.)

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An aortic sinus is one of the anatomic dilations of the ascending aorta, which occurs just above the aortic valve.

There are generally three aortic sinuses, the left, the right and the posterior.
* The left aortic sinus gives rise to the left coronary artery.
* The right aortic sinus gives rise to the right coronary artery.
* Usually, no vessels arise from the posterior aortic sinus, which is therefore known as the "non-coronary" sinus.

Each aortic sinus can also be referred to as the sinus of Valsalva, the sinus of Morgagni, or Petit's sinus.

ee also

* Aneurysm of sinus of Valsalva

External links

* - "Heart: The Aortic Valve and Aortic Sinuses"

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