Complications of Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy

  • Charles Teo


Justifiably, endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) is considered the greatest breakthrough in the management of hydrocephalus since the introduction of Silastic shunts. Among selected patients, the procedure can render over 70% of children shunt-independent [13, 27, 28]. More recently, however, the procedure has been the focus of scrutiny, with an increased number of reports showing long-term failures and serious complications [1, 4, 8, 11, 16, 17, 23, 25]. Indeed, it is felt among the endoscopic neurosurgical community that the real complication rate may be higher than those published. Although this chapter will review both the well-known and the rarer complications of ETV, complication avoidance will constitute the main body of the text.


Basilar Artery Subdural Hematoma Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy External Ventricular Drainage Burr Hole 
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  • Charles Teo
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  1. 1.Centre for Minimally Invasive NeurosurgeryPrince of Wales Private HospitalSydneyAustralia

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