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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 848--854

Endoscopic third ventriculostomy for hydrocephalus: A review of indications, outcomes, and complications

Department of Neurological Sciences, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

Correspondence Address:
Vedantam Rajshekhar
Department of Neurological Sciences, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 004
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.91364

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Endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) has been in vogue for the past two decades, as a tool in the armamentarium of the neurosurgeon, for the management of hydrocephalus. Its utility has been proven consistently in congenital / acquired aqueductal stenosis, although the outcomes in communicating hydrocephalus as well as hydrocephalus secondary to other etiologies have not been as impressive. It is a relatively safe procedure with the appropriate selection of patients with a low rate of permanent morbidity. This review aims to define the current indications, management outcomes, and complications of ETV.


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