Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 159, Issue 6, pp 1049–1052 | Cite as

Anterior trans-frontal endoscopic resection of third-ventricle colloid cyst: how I do it

  • Davide NasiEmail author
  • Corrado Iaccarino
  • Antonio Romano
How I Do it - Neurosurgical Techniques



The endoscopic technique has been recognised as a viable and safe alternative to microsurgery for the treatment of third-ventricle colloid cyst. However, the standard precoronal endoscopic approach does not always provide an adequate visualisation of the attachment of the cyst to the velum interpositum. Using a more anterior approach, it is easier to reach the roof of the cyst and its possible adherences with the tela choroidea.


The authors describe step by step the anterior trans-frontal endoscopic approach for management of third ventricle colloid cyst.


The described approach has shown to be safe, quick and effective for the treatment of third-ventricle colloid cyst.


Endoscopic resection Colloid cyst Anterior trans-frontal approach Neuronavigation 


Compliance with ethical standards


No funding was received for this research.

Conflict of interest


Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

Supplementary material


This video demonstrates the surgical steps and technical nuances of an anterior trans-frontal endoscopic approach for the resection of a third-ventricle colloid cyst. Endoscopic management of an intraoperative bleeding is also shown (MP4 226815 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Neurosurgery-Neurotraumatology UnitUniversity Hospital of ParmaParmaItaly
  2. 2.Department of NeurosurgeryInstitute for Scientific and Care Research “ASMN” of Reggio EmiliaReggio EmiliaItaly

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