Colloid Cysts of the Third Ventricle: Open operative approach or stereotactic aspiration?

  • E. Donauer
  • J. R. Moringlane
  • C. B. Ostertag

Abstract

Colloid cysts of the third ventricle can cause hydrocephalus if they grow to the point where they occlude the foramina interventricularia. The operative approach via a craniotomy used to be the common method of treating these lesions. Now, in the era of CT-and MR-scanning, stereotactic aspiration should be preferred as an ideal method of simultaneously, diagnosing and treating colloid cysts. Unlike open surgery, aspiration of colloid masses poses hardly any risk for the patient.

Key words

Colloid cysts Hydrocephalus Stereotactic puncture Third ventricle 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Donauer
    • 1
  • J. R. Moringlane
    • 2
  • C. B. Ostertag
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity of SaarlandHomburg/SaarGermany
  2. 2.Department of Stereotactic NeurosurgeryUniversity of SaarlandHomburg/SaarGermany

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