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What is the Dura mater?

The tough outermost membrane enveloping the brain and spinal cord.


What is the Arachnoid mater?

-A fine, delicate membrane, the middle one of the three membranes or meninges that surround the brain and spinal cord, situated between the dura mater and the pia mater.


What is the pia mater?

The delicate innermost membrane enveloping the brain and spinal cord.


What is the Falx cerebri?

– Vertical sheet of dura between hemispheres.
- Named from its sickle-like form, is a strong, arched fold of dura mater that descends vertically in the longitudinal fissure between the cerebral hemispheres


What is the Tentorium?

- Horizontal sheet of dura between cerebrum and cerebellum.
- A fold of the dura mater forming a partition between the cerebrum and cerebellum


How much CSF is in an adult human?

140 mL (4 floz= 118 mL)


Where is CSF secreted from?

- Secreted by choroid plexus (0.35 mL/min, 500 mL/day) in lateral, third and fourth ventricles.


What cells present a barrier to the flow from the blood to the formation of CSF?

Epithelial cells of the choroid plexus


Which ventricle is the largest?

Lateral ventricles are the largest and most important locations


Where is CSF absorbed

- Absorption: Arachnoid Villi Superior Saggital Sinus
- Absorption occurs through arachnoid granulations that protrude into the sagittal venous sinus.


What is the path of CSF?

1) Choroid Plexus
2) Lateral ventricles (one and two)
3) Foramina of Monro (interventricular foramina, bilateral)
4) Third ventricle
5) Aqueduct of Sylvius (cerebral aqueduct)
6) Fourth ventricle
7) Foramina of Magendie (median) and Luschka (lateral (bilateral)
8) Around spinal cord and cerebellum.
9) Slower movement, determined by shifts of vertebral column.
10) Flows from spinal cord, around cerebral cortex and then to superior sagittal sinus.


What is the function of CSF?

- The brain weighs 1400-1500 g in air but effectively only 50 g when suspended in the CSF.
- Removal of brain metabolites from brain interstitial fluid to venous sinuses.
- Regulates brain tissue. CSF and the extracellular fluid in the brain are essentially the same. The pH of the CSF influences both pulmonary ventilation and cerebral blood flow for homeostasis.


What is the Monro-Kellie doctrine?

An increase in volume of brain tissue, blood, CSF or other brain fluids will produce an increase in intracranial pressure because the bony calvarium fixes the total cranial volume.


What are examples that can increase intracranial pressure?

• Mass lesions can increase intracranial pressure through their associated edema
• Acute changes in arterial or venous blood pressure can change intracranial pressure dramatically.
• Chronic changes in blood pressure can be compensated for by venous collateralization and increased absorption or decreased production of CSF.
• Edema
• Hydrocephalus


How is Glucose transported through the BBB?

-Hexose transporter (glucose transporter isotype-1, Glut1)
-Concentration driven (from plasma into the brain)


How are amino acids transported through the BBB?

Transported by the L system, A system and the ASC system.


What does the ASC system transport?

Energy dependent and moves alanine, serine, and cysteine.


What is Vasogenic edema?

-Most common
-Caused by increased permeability of brain capillary endothelial cells which leads to increased volume of extracellular fluid.
-More swelling occurs around white matter than gray matter because fluid tends to accumulate along fiber tracts which are hydrophobic.


What is Cytotoxic edema?

- Is when injured neurons, glia, or endothelial cells swell.
- This occurs after hypoxia from asphyxia or global cerebral ischemia after cardiac arrest.
- Failure of the Na+/K+ ATP-dependent pump allows Na+ and thus H20 to accumulate within cells.
• Water intoxication can do the same thing. Systemic hypo-osmolarity forces water into the cells.


What are the three ways to produce hydrocephalus?

- Impaired absorption of CSF at
- Oversecretion of CSF
- Tumors of choroid plexus (papilomas


What likely causes headaches?

• Headache is likely to be caused by activation of nociceptors from changes in the meninges and vascular changes


How can Tumors affect CSF flow?

- Obstruction of CSF pathways


What are methods that headaches can be triggered in the brain?

•Pain from a loss of CSF: nociceptors at the base of the skull, imbalance in CSF pressure
•Pain from inflammation of the meninges
•Pain from stretching of the dura (tumors, hydrocephalus)
•Pain from migraines: vasodilation and stretching of vessels are involved but not exclusively
• Pain from dental infection and sinusitis are referred to the face skin and forehead along the trigeminal nerve.
• Pain from reading: Tonic spasm of the ciliary muscle in the eye can cause orbital headaches.


What is the blood supply to the dura matter?

•Internal carotid, maxillary, ascending pharyngeal, occipital, and vertebral arteries supply the dura mater.


What artery is most often injured that is part of the blood supply to the brain?

•Middle meningeal artery is most often injured.


What is the innervation of the dura mater?

•The dura above the tentorium is innvervated by the trigeminal nerve.
•The dura below the tentorium is innvervated by the first three cervical nerves and the vagus nerve.