Free-hand stereotactic ventricular catheter insertion technique based on radio-anatomical landmarks. How I do it

Michaël Bruneau, Julien Spitaels, Matteo Riva

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Accurate ventricular catheter (VC) placement plays an important role in reducing the risk of ventriculoperitoneal shunt failure. Free-hand VC insertion is associated with a significant misplacement rate. Consequently, several expensive alternative methods that are unfortunately not available worldwide have been used. To overcome these limitations, we developed a simple surgical technique based on radio-anatomical landmarks aimed at reducing VC's misplacements.

METHOD: We reproduce the preoperative imaging on the patient's head using common anatomical landmarks. This allows defining stereotactic VC coordinates to be followed during the surgical procedure.

CONCLUSION: This simple and cost-effective method improves VC insertion accuracy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1097-1102
Number of pages6
JournalActa Neurochirurgica
Volume163
Issue number4
Early online date2 Sep 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Hydrocephalus
  • Surgical technique
  • Ventriculoperitoneal shunt

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