Endoscopic third ventriculostomy

Endoscopic third ventriculostomy is a surgical procedure offered to patients with obstructive or non-communicating hydrocephalus.

Shunting, or using a small silicone tube to carry the cerebrospinal fluid to a different body cavity for reabsorption, is the most common treatment for hydrocephalus. While shunts may be lifesaving, they are man-made devices and may fail for a variety of reasons.

Endoscopic third ventriculostomy is an alternative surgical procedure that creates a bypass for the cerebrospinal fluid in the head that eliminates the need for a shunt.