Minimally invasive neurosurgery for cerebrospinal fluid disorders

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This article focuses on minimally invasive approaches used to address disorders of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) circulation. The author covers the primary CSF disorders that are amenable to minimally invasive treatment, including aqueductal stenosis, fourth ventricular outlet obstruction (including Chiari malformation), isolated lateral ventricle, isolated fourth ventricle, multiloculated hydrocephalus, arachnoid cysts, and tumors that block CSF flow. General approaches to evaluating disorders of CSF circulation, including detailed imaging studies, are discussed. Approaches to minimally invasive management of such disorders are described in general, and for each specific entity. For each procedure, indications, surgical technique, and known outcomes are detailed. Specific complications as well as strategies for their avoidance and management are addressed. Lastly, future directions and the need for structured outcome studies are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)653-672
Number of pages20
JournalNeurosurgery clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • Cerebrospinal fluid
  • Endoscopic third ventriculostomy
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Neuroendoscopy


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