Microsurgical anatomy of the superior petrosal venous complex: new classifications and implications for subtemporal transtentorial and retrosigmoid suprameatal approaches

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Tanriover N., Abe H., Rhoton A. L. , Kawashima M., Sanus G. Z. , Akar Z. C.

JOURNAL OF NEUROSURGERY, vol.106, no.6, pp.1041-1050, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 106 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.3171/jns.2007.106.6.1041
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1041-1050
  • Keywords: acoustic neuroma, trigeminal neuroma, meningioma, superior petrosal vein, retrosigmoid approach, subtemporal approach, POSTERIOR-FOSSA, TRANSPETROSAL APPROACH, BASILAR ARTERY, BRIDGING VEINS, MECKELS CAVE, ANTERIOR
  • Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa Affiliated: Yes


Object. The purpose of this study was to define the patterns of drainage of the superior petrosal venous complex (SPVC) along the petrous ridge in relation to the Meckel cave and internal acoustic meatus (IAM) and to delineate its effect on the surgical exposures obtained in subtemporal transtentorial and retrosigmoid suprameatal approaches.