Investigation of the human bridging veins structure using optical microscopy

Mathieu Nierenberger, Renée Wolfram-Gabel, Sandrine Decock-Catrin, Nelly Boehm, Yves Rémond, Jean Luc Kahn, Said Ahzi

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In this paper, we investigated the brain-sinus junction and especially the bridging veins linking these two organs. Two types of optical microscopy were used: conventional optical microscopy and digital microscopy. We used thin histological sections prepared from a human brain, and stained with Masson's trichrome, hemalun and orcein. Finally we observed the path of the bridging vein inside the brain-skull interface. At smaller scales, wavy collagen fiber bundles were found and characterized inside the vein walls. Taking into account the orientations of the different sections with reference to frontal planes, we found that the bridging vein has a very complex geometry, which increases the difficulty to determine fiber orientations in its walls. Nevertheless, we found that collagen fiber bundles are mainly circumferentially oriented in the superior sagittal sinus walls. In this paper, we were able to characterize precisely the path of the bridging vein from the brain to the sinus, with different magnifications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-337
Number of pages7
JournalSurgical and Radiologic Anatomy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - May 2013
Externally publishedYes



  • Anatomy
  • Bridging vein
  • Digital microscopy
  • Histology
  • Optical microscopy
  • Superior sagittal sinus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Surgery

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Nierenberger, M., Wolfram-Gabel, R., Decock-Catrin, S., Boehm, N., Rémond, Y., Kahn, J. L., & Ahzi, S. (2013). Investigation of the human bridging veins structure using optical microscopy. Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy, 35(4), 331-337.