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Child's Nervous System

, Volume 28, Issue 6, pp 827–837 | Cite as

The cranial dura mater: a review of its history, embryology, and anatomy

  • Nimer Adeeb
  • Martin M. Mortazavi
  • R. Shane TubbsEmail author
  • Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol
Review Paper

Abstract

Introduction

The dura mater is important to the clinician as a barrier to the internal environment of the brain, and surgically, its anatomy should be well known to the neurosurgeon and clinician who interpret imaging.

Methods

The medical literature was reviewed in regard to the morphology and embryology of specifically, the intracranial dura mater. A historic review of this meningeal layer is also provided.

Conclusions

Knowledge of the cranial dura mater has a rich history. The embryology is complex, and the surgical anatomy of this layer and its specializations are important to the neurosurgeon.

Keywords

Anatomy Cranium Meninges Dura mater Surgery 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nimer Adeeb
    • 1
  • Martin M. Mortazavi
    • 1
  • R. Shane Tubbs
    • 1
    Email author
  • Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol
    • 1
  1. 1.BirminghamUSA

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