AbstractOBJECTIVETo evaluate the results of different neuroendoscopic surgical procedures for the treatment of mesencephalic ependymal cysts.METHODSThe clinical records of five patients treated for symptomatic mesencephalic ependymal cysts were retrospectively studied. Two patients had been operated on using an endoscope-assisted microsurgical technique and three patients using a pure endoscopic procedure.RESULTSAdequate fenestration of the cysts was achieved in all of the patients. Two of the patients were symptom-free, and the other three had improved significantly after a mean follow-up duration of 14 months. There was no surgical morbidity.CONCLUSIONMesencephalic ependymal cysts can be treated adequately, resulting in a low morbidity rate, using neuroendoscopy or endoscopeassisted microsurgery. This specific surgical technique is presented.
Neurosurgery – Oxford University Press
Published: Nov 1, 1998
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