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Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy

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Patients with obstructive hydrocephalus can be treated with a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure that bypasses the blockage, restoring appropriate cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow.

Obstructed Hydrocephalus

This procedure helps to avoid placing a ventriculoperitoneal shunt and has less chance of overdrainage complications. Endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) offers a durable surgical option for patients. This internal bypass can, in a minority of patients, close or be ineffective, ultimately requiring a shunt. Overall, this procedure is well tolerated, though complications including infection and bleeding can occur.

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Last updated: April 6, 2020