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Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy Surgery

Endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) is a surgical procedure used to treat certain types of hydrocephalus, a condition characterized by an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within the brain. Hydrocephalus can result in increased pressure within the skull, leading to various neurological symptoms.


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What is Hydrocephalus?

Hydrocephalus is a medical condition characterized by an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within the brain, leading to increased intracranial pressure.

Is ETV suitable for all types of hydrocephalus?

No, ETV is generally suitable for obstructive hydrocephalus, where there is a blockage in the normal flow of CSF. Other types of hydrocephalus may require different treatments.

What are the advantages of ETV over ventriculoperitoneal shunting?

ETV eliminates the need for an implanted shunt, reducing the risk of complications associated with shunts. It addresses the underlying cause of hydrocephalus by creating a new pathway for CSF.

Can ETV be performed on adults and children?

Yes, ETV can be performed on both adults and children, but the decision depends on individual considerations, including age and the underlying cause of hydrocephalus.

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