The vein of Labbé is part of the superficial venous system of the brain. It is also known as the inferior anastomotic vein and is eponymously named after Charles Labbé (French surgeon 1851-1889) who described it in his 3rd year of medical school.
The frequency with which the vein of Labbé is identified varies across publications and modalities, and is anywhere between 25 and 97% of cases. Its location is also highly variable:
- mid-temporal region : 60%
- posterior temporal : 30%
- anterior temporal : 10%
The anatomy of the vein itself is also variable, with a dominant single channel, multiple branching channels and even venous lakes having been described.
Along with draining the brain immediately adjacent to it, the vein of Labbé also gathers draining tributaries from medial, anteroinferior, and posteroinferior temporal lobe in 80% of the cadavers.
As can be surmised by first principles, there is a relationship between the size of the terminal superficial middle cerebral vein, the anastomotic vein of Trolard and the vein of Labbé, as all three share a similar drainage territory.
Surgically it is of importance in planning temporal lobectomy for refractory temporal epilepsy, as the vain should be preserved, often requiring some cortical tissue to be left behind. This is especially the case in the 10% of cases where the vein is located anteriorly.
- 1. WhoNamedIt.com
- 2. Gray's Anatomy 39th Edition, Elsevier
- 3. S Sood et al "Significance of preserving the vein of Labbé in epilepsy surgery involving temporal lobe resection" J Neurosurg (3 Suppl Pediatrics) 105:210–213, 2006
Synonyms & Alternative Spellings
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