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.



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


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.


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.