Morphometry of the anterior third ventricle region as a guide for the subfrontal (translaminaterminalis) approach

Neurosurg Rev. 2003 Oct;26(4):249-52. doi: 10.1007/s10143-003-0256-y. Epub 2003 Mar 29.


The anterior third ventricle region acquires clinical significance in benign and malignant tumors and cyst formations, of which craniopharyngiomas and gliomas are the most common. The subfrontal approach is one of the most preferred approaches for removing these tumors. In this study, the microsurgical anatomy of 81 Turkish, adult cadaveric hemispheres was examined to provide morphometric data of the region. These measurements from the anterior third ventricle region serve as a guide for neurosurgeons during surgical approach for removing anterior third ventricle tumors.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anthropometry
  • Brain Diseases / pathology
  • Brain Diseases / surgery*
  • Corpus Callosum / pathology
  • Frontal Lobe / anatomy & histology*
  • Frontal Lobe / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Hypothalamus / anatomy & histology*
  • Hypothalamus / surgery*
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Optic Chiasm / pathology
  • Third Ventricle / anatomy & histology*
  • Third Ventricle / surgery*