THE DEEP LOCATION and eloquent surroundings of the ventricular system within the brain have historically posed significant and often formidable challenges for the optimal resection of tumors in these locations. The evolution and advances in microsurgical techniques and neuroanatomic knowledge have led to a general paradigm shift from transcerebral trajectories to transcisternal corridor strategies. The essence of microsurgery of the ventricular system has evolved around the concept of circumnavigating eloquent cortical and white matter structures to achieve minimally invasive access and resection while optimizing functional and cognitive outcomes.
Department of Neurosurgery, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas (Yaşargil)
Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery Program, Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri (Abdulrauf)
Reprint requests: Saleem I. Abdulrauf, M.D., Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery Program, Department of Surgery, St. Louis University School of Medicine, 3635 Vista Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Received, October 12, 2007.
Accepted, March 5, 2008.