Child's Nervous System

, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 541–545 | Cite as

Dry-field maneuver for controlling the massive intraventricular bleeding during neuroendoscopic procedures

  • Tuncer TurhanEmail author
Original Paper



Massive hemorrhages pose a significant problem in intraventricular endoscopic surgeries. These hemorrhages have the potential to cause mortality and morbidity, particularly in excisional surgeries. Often, the bleeding can be controlled only by cauterization and liquid irrigation, due to the incongruity of the use of antihemorrhagic agents in the fluid. The final option to stop the massive bleeding is the dry-field maneuver. In this study, the effects and clinical results of the dry-field maneuver in bleeding control of a massive bleeding were investigated.


Dry-field maneuver was retrospectively studied in a patient population that had massive bleeding during intraventricular endoscopic procedures.


Dry-field maneuver was used in seven patients. Four of these patients underwent some excisional surgery. The other two patients were operated for an endoscopic third ventriculostomy and one for intraventricular hemorrhage evacuation. It was observed that the hemorrhage in patients stopped rapidly after the dry-field maneuver. Moreover, there was no need for an antihemorrhagic material.


Dry-field maneuver is an option for providing hemostasis, particularly, for a massive hemorrhage. It also has the potential to be used in elective surgeries because it improves the visual quality.


Neuroendoscopy Intraventricular bleeding Dry field Cerebrospinal fluid 



This work was presented as a verbal statement at the 42nd ISPN meeting in Rio de Janeiro in 2014. The other academician who worked on this study was Prof. Dr. Yusuf Erşahin who unfortunately passed away in the same year. I remember him with respect.

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The corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Medicine, Department of NeurosurgeryEge UniversityIzmirTurkey

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