Child's Nervous System

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 199–207 | Cite as

The safety of the intraoperative sacrifice of the deep cerebral veins

Review Paper



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.


Craniotomy Deep cerebral vein Internal cerebral vein Pineal tumor Vein of Galen 



No financial support in any form was received in conjunction with the generation of this submission, and none of the authors has any personal or institutional financial interest in drugs, materials, or devices described in this manuscript.


The views expressed in the following text are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of the Navy, Department of Defense, nor the US Government.


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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

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