CAUTERIZATION OF FLOOR OF THIRD VENTRICLE IN ENDOSCOPIC THIRD VENTRICULOSTOMY
Mohamed A. Ellabbad
Department of Neurosurgery, Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt.
Endoscopic third ventriculostomy is an established treatment for hydrocephalus. High success rate have been reported for patients for patients with aqueductal stenosis. To make an ostia or fenestration at the floor of the third ventricle various maneuvers depending on surgeon’s preference can be used as Fogarty catheter, blunt probe, the endoscope itself, special scissors or coagulation. In our study we used only cauterization either monopolar or bipolar and has been compared retrospectively with other methods. 252 patients 75 % male and 25 % females ageing from 6 months up to 65 years old. We concluded that nearly no statically valuable difference between cauterization and other methods of fenestration of the floor of v the third ventricle. OBJECTIVE: To describe the effect of cauterization of third ventricle floor on the success and the long-term reliability of endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) for treatment of hydrocephalus.