The intracranial bridging veins: A comprehensive review of their history, anatomy, histology, pathology, and neurosurgical implications

Martin M. Mortazavi, Meghan Denning, Bulent Yalcin, Mohammadali Mohajel Shoja, Marios Loukas, R. Shane Tubbs

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Introduction: The intracranial bridging veins are pathways crucial for venous drainage of the brain. They are not only involved in pathological conditions but also serve as important landmarks within neurological surgery. Methods: The medical literature on bridging veins was reviewed in regard to their historical aspects, embryology, histology, anatomy, and surgery. Conclusion: Knowledge on the intracranial bridging veins and their dynamics has evolved over time and is of great significance to the neurosurgeon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1073-1078
Number of pages6
JournalChild's Nervous System
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013
Externally publishedYes



  • Anatomy
  • Bridging
  • Intracranial
  • Veins
  • Venous

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology

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