Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 147, Issue 2, pp 219–220 | Cite as

Spontaneous ventriculostomy in a patient with obstructive hydrocephalus

  • L. J. Kim
  • I. Feiz-Erfan
  • R. E. Clatterbuck
  • R. F. Spetzler
Brief Report of Special Case

Summary

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.

Keywords: Cine MRI; obstructive hydrocephalus; spontaneous ventriculostomy. 

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© Springer-Verlag/Wien 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. J. Kim
    • 1
  • I. Feiz-Erfan
    • 1
  • R. E. Clatterbuck
    • 2
  • R. F. Spetzler
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Neurological SurgeryBarrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical CenterPhoenixArizona
  2. 2.The Johns Hopkins HospitalBaltimore

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