During endoscopic third ventriculostomy, a fiber optic endoscope is inserted into the third ventricle through a hole that is drilled in the skull. An opening is created at the bottom of the third ventricle to allow cerebrospinal fluid to access the interpeduncular space.
Also Known As:
- Intracranial CSF diversion
- Skull surgery
- Brain surgery
- Ventricular surgery
Conditions Treated with Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy:
Endoscopic third ventriculostomy is performed to treat obstructive hydrocephalus and to remove a previously placed shunt.
There are no comparable non-surgical alternatives to endoscopic third ventriculostomy. Ventricular shunt placement is a surgical alternative to the procedure.
Anesthesia with Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy:
Endoscopic third ventriculostomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy:
Possible risks following endoscopic third ventriculostomy include stroke, brain damage, trapped air, ventriculitis, ventricular bleeding, mesencephalic damage, nerve damage, basilar artery hemorrhage and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience an increase in intracranial pressure.
Prognosis after Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy:
The prognosis for a positive end result following endoscopic third ventriculostomy is good.