Virchow-Robin space

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Vir·chow-Rob·in space

(vēr'kow rō-ban[h]),
a tunnellike extension of the subarachnoid space surrounding blood vessels that pass into the brain or spinal cord from the subarachnoid space; the lining of the channel is composed of pia and glial feet of astrocytes; a continuation of the space around capillaries and nerve cells probably does not occur.
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Charles P., French physician, 1821-1885.
Charcot-Robin crystals - Synonym(s): Charcot-Leyden crystals
Virchow-Robin space - see under Virchow


Rudolf, German pathologist and politician, 1821-1902.
Virchow angle - an angle formed by the meeting of a line drawn from the middle of the nasofrontal suture to the base of the anterior nasal spine, with a line drawn from this last point to the center of the external auditory meatus. Synonym(s): Virchow-Holder angle
Virchow cells - (1) the lacunae in osseous tissue containing the bone cells; also the bone cells themselves; - (2) connective tissue cells between the laminae of fibrous tissue in the cornea. Synonym(s): corneal corpuscles; Virchow corpuscles
Virchow corpuscles - Synonym(s): Virchow cells (2)
Virchow crystals - yellow-brown, amber, or burnt orange crystals of hematoidin, frequently observed in extravasated blood in tissues.
Virchow disease - acute congenital encephalitis, a condition in which the head is abnormally large. Synonym(s): megacephaly
Virchow law - there is no special or distinctive neoplastic cell inasmuch as the component cells of neoplasms originate from preexisting forms.
Virchow node - a firm, palpable supraclavicular lymph node that may be the first recognized presumptive evidence of a malignant neoplasm in one of the viscera. Synonym(s): signal node
Virchow psammoma - a firm, cellular neoplasm derived from fibrous tissue of the meninges, choroid plexus, and certain other brain structures. Synonym(s): psammomatous meningioma
Virchow triad - factors predisposing vascular thrombosis.
Virchow-Hassall bodies - Synonym(s): Hassall bodies
Virchow-Holder angle - Synonym(s): Virchow angle
Virchow-Robin space - a tunnel-like extension of the subarachnoid space surrounding blood vessels that pass into the brain or spinal cord from the subarachnoid space. Synonym(s): His perivascular space
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NMO-IgG positive sera show a typical staining pattern around blood vessels, along the pial surfaces and Virchow-Robin spaces (see Figure 2A for a cartoon representation of this method and Figure 3A for an example).
One possible mechanism is that leukemic cells from the bone marrow of the skull travel to the adjacent dura, and then to the subarachnoid space via the Virchow-Robin spaces (VRS; Woo et al., 1986).
In the more active cases, chronic inflammatory cells fill the Virchow-Robin spaces and extend into the neuropil, forming microscopic clusters or larger aggregates.