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Neurosurg Focus. 2006 Jul 15;21(1):e13.

Cavernoma of the foramen of Monro. Case report and review of the literature.

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Neurosurgical Unit, Treviso Hospital, Padua University, Treviso, Italy.


The authors report on a patient who presented with an intraventricular mass located at the level of the foramen of Monro. The clinical presentation and neuroimaging appearance of the mass led to an initial diagnosis of colloid cyst. A neuroendoscopic approach offered a direct view of the ventricular lesion, which was found to be a cavernous angioma partially occluding the foramen of Monro. The lesion was then removed using microsurgery. In this report the authors highlight possible pitfalls in the diagnosis of some lesions of the third ventricle, and the possible advantages of using a combined endoscopic and microsurgical technique when approaching such lesions.

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