The transcerebral veins have long been known to be vascular channels anastomosing the cortical veins to the deep venous system. They have been analyzed and classified by several authors (Duret 1874; Poirier and Charpy 1921; Testut 1911; Schlesinger 1939; Kaplan 1959; Goetzen 1961; Huang and Wolf 1964; Jiminez and Lasjaunias 1988) and considered as normal; they have been linked to developmental venous anomalies (Lasjanias et al. 1986). The purpose of our work is to describe this system and provide an approach to its physiological and pathological significance.


Venous System Cerebral Vein Cortical Vein Developmental Venous Anomaly Deep Venous System 
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