The pia mater: A comprehensive review of literature

Nimer Adeeb, Martin M. Mortazavi, Aman Deep, Christoph J. Griessenauer, Koichi Watanabe, Mohammadali Mohajel Shoja, Marios Loukas, R. Shane Tubbs

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Abstract

Introduction: The pia mater has received less attention in the literature compared to the dura and arachnoid maters. However, its presence as a direct covering of the nervous system and direct relation to the blood vessels gives it a special importance in neurosurgery. Method: A comprehensive review of the literature was conducted to study all that we could find relating to the pia mater, including history, macro- and microanatomy, embryology, and a full description of the related structures. Conclusion: The pia mater has an important anatomic position, rich history, complicated histology and embryology, and a significant contribution to a number of other structures that may stabilize and protect the nervous system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1803-1810
Number of pages8
JournalChild's Nervous System
Volume29
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Denticulate ligament
  • Filum terminale
  • Linea splendens
  • Pia mater

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology

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    Adeeb, N., Mortazavi, M. M., Deep, A., Griessenauer, C. J., Watanabe, K., Mohajel Shoja, M., Loukas, M., & Tubbs, R. S. (2013). The pia mater: A comprehensive review of literature. Child's Nervous System, 29(10), 1803-1810. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00381-013-2044-5