Extraventricular Intracisternal Obstructive Hydrocephalus

  • Llewellyn Padayachy
  • Graham Fieggen
Living reference work entry


Hydrocephalus is a complex condition involving mechanical or functional impairment of cerebrospinal fluid flow. While most common causes of obstructive hydrocephalus occur within the ventricular system, scarring and inflammation within the cisterns of the subarachnoid space can lead to obstruction of CSF flow and subsequently diffuse ventricular enlargement. Establishing the diagnosis and etiology of hydrocephalus due to extraventricular intracisternal obstruction has distinct implications for the management options.


Obstructive hydrocephalus Subarachnoid cisterns Inflammation Neuroendoscopy Cerebrospinal fluid 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Neurosurgery, Department of SurgeryUniversity of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa

Section editors and affiliations

  • Giuseppe Cinalli
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pediatric NeurosurgerySantobono-Pausilipon Children’s HospitalNaplesItaly

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