Child's Nervous System

, Volume 29, Issue 10, pp 1803–1810

The pia mater: a comprehensive review of literature

Authors

  • Nimer Adeeb
    • Division of Neurological SurgeryUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Martin M. Mortazavi
    • Division of Neurological SurgeryUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Aman Deep
    • Division of Neurological SurgeryThe Children’s Hospital of Alabama
  • Christoph J. Griessenauer
    • Division of Neurological SurgeryUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Koichi Watanabe
    • Division of Neurological SurgeryThe Children’s Hospital of Alabama
  • Mohammadali M. Shoja
    • Division of Neurological SurgeryThe Children’s Hospital of Alabama
  • Marios Loukas
    • Division of Neurological SurgeryThe Children’s Hospital of Alabama
    • Division of Neurological SurgeryThe Children’s Hospital of Alabama
Review Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00381-013-2044-5

Cite this article as:
Adeeb, N., Mortazavi, M.M., Deep, A. et al. Childs Nerv Syst (2013) 29: 1803. doi:10.1007/s00381-013-2044-5

Abstract

Introduction

The pia mater has received less attention in the literature compared to the dura and arachnoid maters. However, its presence as a direct covering of the nervous system and direct relation to the blood vessels gives it a special importance in neurosurgery.

Method

A comprehensive review of the literature was conducted to study all that we could find relating to the pia mater, including history, macro- and microanatomy, embryology, and a full description of the related structures.

Conclusion

The pia mater has an important anatomic position, rich history, complicated histology and embryology, and a significant contribution to a number of other structures that may stabilize and protect the nervous system.

Keywords

Pia mater Denticulate ligament Filum terminale Linea splendens

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013