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Intracranial cysts containing cerebrospinal fluid-like fluid: results of endoscopic neurosurgery in a series of 64 consecutive cases.
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PMID:  21311305     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: : Intracranial cysts containing cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) may be developmental or acquired.
OBJECTIVE: : To analyze the results of endoscopic neurosurgery in the management of intracranial CSF cysts.
METHODS: : In a 7-year period, 64 consecutive patients underwent endoscopic neurosurgery for CSF cysts. Group 1 consisted of 13 patients with acquired cysts; group 2 included 51 patients with developmental cysts. In all cases, the cyst walls were fenestrated through small burr holes with frameless guided operative endoscopes. Follow-up ranged from 1 to 6 years (mean, 3.4 years).
RESULTS: : There were no mortality and no permanent morbidity, apart from a patient (1.6%) who remained neurologically intact but required ventriculoperitoneal shunting because of intraoperative hemorrhage. The planned fenestrations could be performed in all patients except 2, owing to thick, opaque cyst walls. In group 1, 6 patients fully recovered and remained intact throughout the follow-up, whereas 7 improved but had various degrees of neurological disabilities that were related to their initial diseases. Radiological results were excellent in all cases. In group 2, there were 7 asymptomatic patients who remained unchanged and 44 "symptomatic" patients: 40 (91%) clinically improved, 4 (9%) remained unchanged, and none worsened. Cyst size decreased in 37 patients (74%) and remained unchanged in 13 (26%).
CONCLUSION: : In this series, patients of different ages, harboring cysts of various sizes and locations, could be satisfactorily treated with endoscopic neurosurgery.
Giuseppe Talamonti; Giuseppe D'aliberti; Marco Picano; Alberto Debernardi; Massimo Collice
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neurosurgery     Volume:  68     ISSN:  1524-4040     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurosurgery     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7802914     Medline TA:  Neurosurgery     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  788-803     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurosurgery, Niguarda Ca'Granda Hospital, Milan, Italy †Deceased.
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