Original ArticlesApproaches to the Ventricular SystemLucas, Timothy H. II MD, PhD*,†; Ellenbogen, Richard G. MD, FACS* Author Information *Department of Neurological Surgery †Physiology and Biophysics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA The authors have no competing financial interests. Reprints: Timothy H. Lucas, II, MD, PhD, Department of Neurological Surgery, 325 Ninth Ave, Box 359766, Seattle, WA 98104 (e-mail: [email protected]). Neurosurgery Quarterly: February 2011 - Volume 21 - Issue 1 - p 50-59 doi: 10.1097/WNQ.0b013e3182051826 Buy Metrics Abstract Approaches to the ventricular system require an appreciation of the cortical and white matter anatomy to maximize surgical resection and minimize clinical morbidity. Here we review the major microsurgical approaches to the cerebral ventricles, with particular attention to the surgical landmarks and relevant functional anatomy. Illustrative examples are provided. © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.