PMID: 7940107Sep 1, 1994Paper

Percutaneous flexible neuroendoscopic ventriculostomy in patients with shunt malfunction as an alternative procedure to shunt revision

Surgical Neurology
M YamamotoM Tomonaga


Three patients with shunt malfunction, who had previously undergone a shunting procedure for noncommunicating hydrocephalus of adolescent and adult onset, successfully underwent a percutaneous flexible neuroendoscopic ventriculostomy. This procedure was performed as an alternative treatment for shunt revision by the use of our newly developed flexible fiberoptic ventriculoscope. All patients were able to remain independent of the shunt system after the ventriculostomy. These results thus suggest that a percutaneous flexible neuroendoscopic ventriculostomy can be effective for the treatment of shunt-dependent patients with shunt malfunction in adolescents and adults.


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