Cerebral Venous Return is a novel, exciting field of research. As a pioneer, I would say that when I began investigating the intra and extra cranial cerebral veins, very few data were available something about 10-12 years ago. Cerebral venous return is very complex from embryological, anatomical and physiological point of view. Posture, respiration, atmospheric, hydrostatic, and intracranial pressure are important motor mechanisms. In addition, the venous system is closely related to cerebrospinal fluid dynamics, as well as to the arterial and lymphatic system of the head. In the past 10 years, we began to give some initial explanations of physiology and pathophysiology of venous brain circulation. As usual in science, this contributed to open even more questions. Impaired cerebral venous return and the description of chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) could open new perspectives in the understanding of neurodegenerative process, where a powerful regulator of chronic inflammation as the drainage is, was always absent among the pathogenetic mechanisms of this group of diseases.
Veins and Lymphatics look forward to your contribution in this promising field of research either in the form of submission of original articles or by active participation to this section of the Journal.
You will find the sub-sections Hemodynamic Corner chaired by Clive Beggs, as well as the Neuro Corner organized by Ilaria Bartolomei. We will also provide you a Literature Update cured by Erica Menegatti.
|Dr. Paolo Zamboni|
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