Intracranial Pressure and Mass Displacements of the Intracranial Contents

  • R. Kautzky
  • K. J. Zülch
  • S. Wende
  • A. Tänzer

Abstract

The brain is completely surrounded by the bony skull and its closely adherent, tough, dural inner lining. This converts the enclosed space into a watertight chamber with the exception of the small, basally situated foramen magnum. In adults, these factors combine to prevent the skull from expanding. Consequently, the intracranial volume cannot fluctuate. In addition, the intracranial contents — blood, brain, and spinal fluid — are essentially noncompressible.

Keywords

Adenoma Shrinkage Meningitis Convolution Perforation 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Kautzky
    • 1
  • K. J. Zülch
    • 2
  • S. Wende
    • 3
  • A. Tänzer
  1. 1.Abteilung der NeurologischenUniversitätsklinikHamburg 20Germany
  2. 2.Max-Planck-Institut für HirnforschungAbteilung für Allgemeine Neurologie und der Neurologischen Klinik Köln-MerheimKöln 91Germany
  3. 3.Neuroradiologische Abteilung der Neurochirurgischen KlinikUniversität MainzMainzGermany

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