J Neurol Surg B Skull Base 2018; 79(02): 200-204
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1606331
Original Article
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Anatomic Variability of the Morphometric Parameters of the Fourth Ventricle of the Brain

Iuliia Zhuravlova
1   Department of Anatomy, Trinity School of Medicine, Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Maryna Kornieieva
2   Department of Anatomy and Histology, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
Erik Rodrigues
3   Trinity School of Medicine, Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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Publication History

23 January 2017

25 July 2017

Publication Date:
11 September 2017 (online)


Objectives The defining of the normal parameters of spacious relations and symmetry of the ventricular system of the brain depending on the gender and age is currently one of the topical research problems of clinical anatomy. The present research aims to identify the correlation between the morphometric parameters of the fourth ventricle of the brain and the shape of the skull in middle aged people.

Design This is a prospective cohort study.

Setting This study was set at the Trinity School of Medicine.

Participants A total of 118 normal computed tomography scans of the head of people aged from 21 to 86 years (mean age—48.6 years ± 17.57) were selected for the study.

Main Outcome Measures The anteroposterior, transverse diameters, and height of the fourth ventricle were measured and compared in dolichocranial, mesocranial, and brachycranial individuals.

Results The study has shown the presence of a statistically significant difference between morphometric parameters of the fourth ventricle of the brain in dolichocranial, mesocranial, and brachycranial individuals.

Conclusion The morphometric parameters of the fourth ventricle of the brain, such as height, anteroposterior, and transverse diameters, depend on the individual anatomic variability of the skull shape and gender.

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