Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 156, Issue 12, pp 2359–2362 | Cite as

The minimally invasive endoscopic management of septated chronic subdural hematomas: surgical technique

  • M. BerhoumaEmail author
  • T. Jacquesson
  • E. Jouanneau
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Fibrin membranes and compartmentalization within the subdural space are a frequent cause of failure in the treatment of chronic subdural hematomas (CSH). This specific subtype of CSH classically requires craniotomy, which carries significant morbidity and mortality rates, particularly in elderly patients. In this work, we describe a minimally invasive endoscopic alternative.


Under local scalp anesthesia, a rigid endoscope is inserted through a parietal burr hole in the subdural space to collapse fibrin septa and cut the internal membrane. It also allows cauterization of active bleedings and the placement of a drain under direct visualization.


The endoscopic treatment of septated CSH represents a minimally invasive alternative to craniotomy especially for the internal membranectomy.


Minimally invasive neurosurgery Endoscopic surgery Chronic subdural hematoma Membranectomy 


Conflicts of interest


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Authors’ contributions

Conception and design: MB; Acquisition of data: MB; Analysis and interpretation of data: MB, EJ; Drafting: MB; Critically revising the article: MB, EJ, MM; Study supervision: MB, EJ.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Minimally Invasive and Endoscopic Neurosurgery ProgramPierre Wertheimer HospitalBronFrance
  2. 2.Faculty of MedicineClaude Bernard UniversityLyonFrance
  3. 3.INSERM U1028, CNRS UMR5292, Neurosciences Research Center of LyonNeuro-oncology and Neuro-inflammation teamLyonFrance

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