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Superior Surgical Approaches to the Diencephalon: The Diencephalic and Paradiencephalic Regions

  • Michael L. J. Apuzzo
Part of the Contemporary Perspectives in Neurosurgery book series (COPENEU)

Abstract

A broad spectrum of pathological lesions affects the diencephalic and paradiencephalic regions.1 From the surgical perspective each presents both a strategic and a surgical challenge.2,3 This paper will direct attention to the definition of major presenting groups of structural substrates, which may then serve as a directive toward the selection of either certain open surgical corridors or indirect surgical methodologies. It will focus upon technical maneuvers attendant to the superior operative approaches and upon surgical options at the foramen of Monro for gaining exposure of the third ventricular chamber. It will discuss the utilization of imaging-directed stereotaxy in the evaluation and management of disease processes in this region. Finally, comments will be made that are related to the current management of colloid cysts, the prototype of “classical” tumors of the third ventricular chamber.

Keywords

Cholesterol Quartz Lymphoma Lactate Argon 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael L. J. Apuzzo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Neurological Surgery, Kenneth Norris, Jr. Cancer Hospital and Research InstituteUniversity of Southern California School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA

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