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Minim Invasive Neurosurg. 2008 Jun;51(3):173-7. doi: 10.1055/s-2008-1073133.

Frameless neuronavigation-guided endoscopic total en-bloc removal of a third ventricular colloid cyst: a case report on surgical technique.

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Department of Neurosurgery, Ghent University Hospital, Gent, Belgium.


A 26-year-old man was referred to our department with recurrent episodes of loss of consciousness. The radiological evaluation of the patient's cranium showed a third ventricular colloid cyst with only a slight degree of obstructive hydrocephalus. The complete, en-bloc removal of the cyst was achieved by a frameless neuronavigation-guided endoscopic resection technique. The patient had an uneventful post-operative period and was discharged home on the fourth post-operative day without any neurological or psychological deficit. The surgical technique and pertinent literature are discussed with emphasis on factors that contribute to our successful total en-bloc removal of the third ventricular colloid cyst.

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