Arachnoid diverticula of the 4th ventricle

by Swan Specchi, DVM, PhD, DACVR | 2017-04-17

Arachnoid diverticula are developmental malformations due to the splitting of the arachnoid membrane by CSF. In dogs, they have been reported in the brain at the level of the 4th ventricle and quadrigeminal cistern. Obstructive hydrocephalus and syringohydromyelia occurs by blockage of the CSF from the 4th ventricle.


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