Neonatal and Congenital Anomaly Neurosurgery Program
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Innovative treatment for infants with hydrocephalus: ETV/CPC
Children's Neonatal and Congenital Anomaly Neurosurgery Program Director Benjamin Warf, MD, developed a novel surgical technique for treating hydrocephalus in infants, combining endoscopic third ventriculostomy with bilateral choroid plexus cauterization (ETV/CPC).
ETV/CPC involves the use of an endoscope to create an opening in the floor of the third ventricle and combined with endoscopic cauterization of the choroid plexus (CP) at the time of the ETV.
Cauterization of the CP tissue in the lateral ventricles of the brain has been demonstrated to decrease cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) production. This combined procedure addresses both production and absorption issues to return the flow of CSF in the brain to a normal state. The combined procedure is shown to be a more effective treatment in infants then ETV alone.
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