The pia mater: a comprehensive review of literature
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- Adeeb, N., Mortazavi, M.M., Deep, A. et al. Childs Nerv Syst (2013) 29: 1803. doi:10.1007/s00381-013-2044-5
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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.
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.
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.