The endoscopic intraventricular management of pineal cysts: a minimally invasive modus operandi

Abstract

Background

The management of pineal cysts is still debatable, especially for asymptomatic incidental ones. For symptomatic cysts associated with hydrocephalus, the surgical management is mandatory and may include either classical microsurgical approaches to the pineal region or endoscopic trans-ventricular approaches in a minimally invasive philosophy.

Method

The authors expose a stepwise technique to treat a pineal cyst associated with an obstructive hydrocephalus in one procedure gathering a third ventriculostomy followed by an intraventricular marsupialisation of the pineal cyst.

Conclusion

This endoscopic approach allows the treatment of the hydrocephalus and the pineal cyst in one short minimally invasive procedure.

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Berhouma, M., Ni, H. & Vallee, B. The endoscopic intraventricular management of pineal cysts: a minimally invasive modus operandi. Acta Neurochir 155, 1901–1905 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00701-013-1849-z

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Keywords

  • Minimally invasive neurosurgery
  • Endoscopic surgery
  • Pineal cyst
  • Hydrocephalus