Venous Structures of the Brain

  • Maria Angeles de MiquelEmail author


The variability of encephalic venous drainage frequently causes some insecurity when interpreting the venous phase of an angiographic study, computed tomography, or magnetic resonance venograms. There is, however, a pattern that, once understood, gives a global overview for each individual and helps to differentiate between abnormality and variability. On the other hand, the location of both deep and superficial venous structures also determines anatomical limits that offer specific landmarks for neurosurgical and neuroradiological procedures.

This chapter provides a practical guide for reviewing and evaluating the basic features of the venous structures of the brain.


Cerebral Cerebellar Veins Anatomy Embryology Dural sinus Pial vein Pioarachnoidal vein Primary head sinus Emissary vein Tentorial sinus Falcine sinus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sección de Neuroradiología Vascular, Servicio de RadiologíaHospital Universitari de BellvitgeBarcelonaSpain

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