Chordae Willisii Within the Transverse Sinus: Morphologic Study Article

Full Text via DOI: 10.1016/j.wneu.2020.03.024 PMID: 32173547 Web of Science: 000550337100006
International Collaboration

Cited authors

  • Iwanaga, Joe; Courville, Evan; Anand, Mahindra Kumar; Khan, Pervez A.; Goren, Oded; Lammle, Markus; Bui, C. J.; Dumont, Aaron S.; Tubbs, R. Shane


  • OBJECTIVE: Some have suggested that trabeculae within the transverse sinuses (chordae Willisii) might restrict flow and potentially contribute to thrombus organization. In addition, these structures might be encountered with endovascular procedures within the transverse sinus and are now readily seen on imaging. Therefore as anatomic studies of these structures are scant, the current study aimed to better elucidate these structures within the transverse sinus via a morphologic study in cadavers.; METHODS: Thirty fresh-frozen, cadaveric transverse sinuses were dissected, and their detailed morphology was recorded. Classification schemes were applied based on the anatomy and orientation of each chordae.; RESULTS: Chordae were found on 70% of sides and were statistically more likely to be found on right sides (86.6%) (P < 0.01). Three types and 3 classes of chordae were identified. There was a statistically significant difference between sides regarding type of chordae (P = 0.02).; CONCLUSIONS: To date, a comprehensive anatomic evaluation of the intraluminal chordae of the transverse sinuses has been lacking. Knowledge of these bands is also essential to those performing endovascular procedures of the dural venous sinuses and for those interpreting imaging of these structures.


Publication date

  • 2020

Published in

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1878-8750

Start page

  • E38

End page

  • E44


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