Endoscopic third ventriculostomy: A historical review

Demerdash A, Rocque BG, Johnston J, Rozzelle CJ, Yalcin B, Oskouian R, Delashaw J, Tubbs RS.Endoscopic third ventriculostomy: A historical review.Br J Neurosurg. 2016 Oct 22:1-5.

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND:

Endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) has become one of the most common neuroendoscopic procedures.

METHODS:

In this article, we will review the major milestones in the history of ETV development from its early use by Walter Dandy to the techniques currently employed with advanced technology.

CONCLUSIONS:

ETV has become an important technique in the armamentarium of the neurosurgeon. From a meager beginning with few applications, our knowledge of long-term outcomes has evolved. ETV has a rich history and more recently, has had a renewed interest in its use. Our current understanding of its indications is growing and is based on a century of development through trial and error.