Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 155, Issue 6, pp 1031–1034 | Cite as

Transcallosal approach to third ventricle tumors: how I do it

  • Francesco Tomasello
  • Salvatore Cardali
  • Filippo Flavio AngileriEmail author
  • Alfredo Conti
How I Do it - Neurosurgical Techniques



The transcallosal approach provides a direct corridor to the lesions lying in the third ventricle with distinct advantages over alternative routes, such as the possibility to use multiple corridors for tumor resection.


Here we present a personal perspective of the surgery of tumors of the anterior portion of the third ventricle using this approach.


This approach requires the ability to move around many neurovascular, cortical, and white matter structures. Knowledge of regional anatomy and adherence to principles of microsurgery are basic requirements to obtain a favorable outcome.


Transcallosal approach Surgical approach to brain ventricles Third ventricle tumors 



This study was supported in part by Grant FIRB n. RBNE089KHH_002 and PRIN 2010ZESJWN from the MIUR (Italian Ministry of University and Research).

Conflict of interest


Supplementary material

Video 1

Transcallosal interforniceal approach to a third ventricle colloid cyst (MPG 27319 kb)

Video 2

Transcallosal transchoroidal approach to a third ventricle cystic craniopharyngioma. (MPG 23831 kb)

Video 3

Transcallosal transforaminal approach to third ventricle, summarizing main surgical steps (MPG 10618 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francesco Tomasello
    • 1
  • Salvatore Cardali
    • 1
  • Filippo Flavio Angileri
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alfredo Conti
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity of MessinaMessinaItaly

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