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Acta Otolaryngol. 1990 May-Jun;109(5-6):389-96.

Cerebrospinal fluid absorption in the rabbit. Inner ear pathways.

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Department of Radiology, Cornell University Medical College, New York.


Fifteen adult rabbits were perfused intrathecally with horseradish peroxidase (HRP) for 20-30 min under conditions that prevented any increase in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure. Histologic and ultrastructural examination of the cochlea disclosed HRP deposits along the cochlear and vestibular branches of the auditory nerve and beyond their ganglia, in a) epineural and perineural spaces; b) intraneural spaces reaching the membrane of myelinated axons via nodes of Ranvier; and c) extending beyond the epineurium into area lymphatics. HRP was also found in the basilar membrane, along with deposits in the scalae tympani, vestibuli, media and the spiral ligament. The endolymph also received HRP which followed vestibular nerve fibers and penetrated between sustentacular and hair cells of the cristae ampullaris and both maculae. HRP permeated interendothelial spaces lining the modiolus to reach the scala vestibuli lymphatics close to all the above areas were also permeated by HRP, but the inner tunnel was devoid of the marker.

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