Spontaneous ventriculostomy in a patient with obstructive hydrocephalus
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- Kim, L., Feiz-Erfan, I., Clatterbuck, R. et al. Acta Neurochir (Wien) (2005) 147: 219. doi:10.1007/s00701-004-0401-6
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Background. Spontaneous ventriculostomy related to progressive obstructive hydrocephalus is rare. Radiologic demonstration of such a phenomenon can be delineated with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and cine MRI.
Case presentation. A 59-year-old woman with a known tectal glioma and symptoms of chronic hydrocephalus developed progressively worsening headaches. During follow-up, she noted spontaneous relief of her headaches. Follow-up cine MRI demonstrated a spontaneous ventriculostomy via the floor of the third ventricle.
Interpretation. Clinicians should be aware of spontaneous ventriculostomy demonstrable on cine MRI because it may obviate the need for a CSF diversion procedure.