Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Jugular Vein Obstruction
Caused by Turning of the
Head

In vivo and cadaver studies demonstrated that turning the head to one side results in
torsion and compression of the ipsilateral internal jugular vein. This can obstruct venous
drainage from the head and cause increased intracranial pressure in patients who have
had ligation or resection of the contralateral jugular vein or who have maldevelopment
of the contralateral dural sinuses.
 

http://www.ajronline.org/cgi/reprint/142/2/403.pdf

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