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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 69  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1571--1578

Neuroendoscopy in the Surgical Management of Lateral and Third Ventricular Tumors: Looking Beyond Microneurosurgery

Department of Neurosurgery, Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Chandrashekhar E Deopujari
Room No 114, MRC building, Bombay Hospital, 12, Marine Lines, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.333458

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Background: Intraventricular tumors pose a surgical challenge because of the difficulty in reaching their deep location through safe corridors and their adherence or proximity to vital neurovascular structures. Although microneurosurgery is the mainstay of surgical management, neuroendoscopy aided by adjuncts, namely, navigation and ultrasonic aspirators, has made a great contribution to improving surgical results. Objective: This article reviews the experience of a neurosurgical unit with endoscopic procedures for intraventricular tumors. The current indications, benefits, and complications of neuroendoscopy are described. Materials and Methods: This is a retrospective, observational study of lateral and third ventricular tumors tackled either purely with an endoscope or with its assistance over 19 years in a single unit at Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences, Mumbai. Results: Of a total of 247 operated patients with intraventricular tumors, 85 cases operated using an endoscope were included. The majority of the patients had a tumor in the third ventricle (n = 62), whereas 23 patients had tumor in the lateral ventricle. The most common pathologies were colloid cyst and arachnoid cyst (n = 18). An endoscope was used for microsurgical assisted excision of tumors in 31 cases, biopsy in 24, cyst fenestration in 23, and pure endoscopic excision in seven cases. Conclusion: Microsurgery remains the gold standard for the removal of giant, vascular intraventricular tumors. However, endoscopic fenestration or excision of cysts and biopsy have become better alternatives in many cases. Endoscope-assisted microsurgery affords safety and helps in achieving a more complete excision.


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