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External Ventricular DrainVentriculostomy

Ventriculostomy is a procedure for treating hydrocephalus, a condition in which there is abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain, which increases the pressure in the brain. It is indicated for CSF build-up due to a blockage called aqueductal stenosis.

Ventriculostomy is performed under general anesthesia. Your surgeon makes a small hole in the skull. A small camera is inserted through the hole to observe the inside of the brain. Your surgeon then creates an opening through the brain tissue to drain the excess cerebrospinal fluid, which gets absorbed by the body. The incisions are then closed.

As with any procedure, ventriculostomy may involve certain risks and complications which include fever, bleeding or short-term memory loss.

  • North AMercian Spine Society
  • American Associations of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American College of Osteopathic Surgeons
  • California Association of Neurological Surgeons Inc
  • Aospine North America
  • Mercy Hospital of Folsom
  • Mercy San Juan Medical Center
  • Mercy General Hospital