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Minimally Invasive Surgery
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 898753, 12 pages
Review Article

Neuroendoscopic Resection of Intraventricular Tumors: A Systematic Outcomes Analysis

Houston Methodist Neurological Institute, Department of Neurological Surgery, Suite 944, 6560 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77030, USA

Received 4 February 2013; Revised 8 July 2013; Accepted 8 August 2013

Academic Editor: Joachim Oertel

Copyright © 2013 Sean M. Barber et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. Though traditional microsurgical techniques are the gold standard for intraventricular tumor resection, the morbidity and invasiveness of microsurgical approaches to the ventricular system have galvanized interest in neuroendoscopic resection. We present a systematic review of the literature to provide a better understanding of the virtues and limitations of endoscopic tumor resection. Materials and Methods. 40 articles describing 668 endoscopic tumor resections were selected from the Pubmed database and reviewed. Results. Complete or near-complete resection was achieved in 75.0% of the patients. 9.9% of resected tumors recurred during the follow-up period, and procedure-related complications occurred in 20.8% of the procedures. Tumor size ≤ 2cm ( ), the presence of a cystic tumor component ( ), and the use of navigation or stereotactic tools during the procedure ( ) were each independently associated with a greater likelihood of complete or near-complete tumor resection. Additionally, the complication rate was significantly higher for noncystic masses than for cystic ones ( ). Discussion. Neuroendoscopic outcomes for intraventricular tumor resection are significantly better when performed on small, cystic tumors and when neural navigation or stereotaxy is used. Conclusion. Neuroendoscopic resection appears to be a safe and reliable treatment option for patients with intraventricular tumors of a particular morphology.