Contents of the foramen magnum mnemonic

A mnemonic to remember the contents of the foramen magnum is:

  • Contents of the foramen magnum: VAMPS-ATM OR VAMPires Sing AT Midnight


  • Vertebral arteries
  • Anterior Spinal artery
  • Meningeal branches of the cervical nerves
  • Posterior spinal arteries
  • Spinal part of the accessory nerve
  • Alar and Apical ligaments of the dens
  • Tectorial membrane
  • Medulla oblongata