Endoscopic third ventriculostomy is a procedure for treating hydrocephalus, a condition in which there is abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain, which increases the pressure in the brain. It is indicated for CSF build-up due to a blockage called aqueductal stenosis.

Endoscopic third ventriculostomy is performed under general anesthesia. Your surgeon makes a small hole in the skull. A small camera is inserted through the hole to observe the inside of the brain. Your surgeon then creates an opening through the brain tissue to drain the excess cerebrospinal fluid, which gets absorbed by the body. The incisions are then closed.

As with any procedure, endoscopic third ventriculostomy may involve certain risks and complications which include fever, bleeding or short-term memory loss.

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery
  • American Medical Association
  • The Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland & Labrador
  • North American Skull Base Society
  • North American Spine Society