Child's Nervous System

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 199–207

The safety of the intraoperative sacrifice of the deep cerebral veins

Review Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00381-012-1958-7

Cite this article as:
Davidson, L. & McComb, J.G. Childs Nerv Syst (2013) 29: 199. doi:10.1007/s00381-012-1958-7



The effect of surgically ligating the deep cerebral veins is often thought to be of significant risk. That concern and the paucity of information on surgery of the deep venous system confound surgical decision making when operations involve manipulation of the deep cerebral veins.


The authors review the human and animal literature on the selective sacrifice of the deep cerebral veins. Robust experimental studies and limited clinical experience indicate that occlusion of one or several deep cerebral veins is generally safe.


CraniotomyDeep cerebral veinInternal cerebral veinPineal tumorVein of Galen

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of NeurosurgeryWalter Reed National Military Medical CenterBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Division of NeurosurgeryChildren’s Hospital Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Neurosurgery ClinicBethesdaUSA