vertebral venous system

ver·te·bral ve·nous sys·tem

any of four interconnected venous networks surrounding the vertebral column; anterior external vertebral venous plexus [TA] (plexus vertebralis externus anterior [TA]), the small system around the vertebral bodies; posterior external vertebral venous plexus [TA] (plexus vertebralis internus anterior [TA]), the extensive system around the vertebral processes; anterior internal vertebral venous plexus [TA] (plexus vertebralis internus posterior [TA]), the system running the length of the vertebral canal anterior to the dura; posterior internal vertebral venous plexus, the system running the length of the vertebral canal posterior to the dura; the latter two constitute the epidural venous plexus.
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Oscar V., U.S. otolaryngologist, 1894-1979.
Batson plexus - any of four interconnected venous networks surrounding the vertebral column. Synonym(s): vertebral venous system
Carmody-Batson operation - see under Carmody
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Possible hypothesis of dissemination of intracranial meningioma to extracranial organs, including the liver, is through the vertebral venous system that connects the veins of the skull, spinal canal, and vertebral column to the thoracoabdominal wall [1, 11] or metastatic dissemination through the jugular veins which transmits tumor cells to the cervical organs, lungs, liver, and other organs [12, 13].
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(6) Another theory is that adult flukes or eggs reach ectopic sites via the vertebral venous system, especially when intra-abdominal pressure is raised by coughing or straining.
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