Endoscopic Retrieval of Flanged Ventricular Catheters

Can J Neurol Sci. 2018 Nov;45(6):692-695. doi: 10.1017/cjn.2018.336.


Flanged ventricular catheters are now used infrequently. Many patients with longstanding hydrocephalus still harbor these catheters, either as their current ventricular catheter, or as a retained catheter from a prior implant. The removal of flanged ventricular catheters is sometimes necessary, and may be challenging due to intraventricular adhesions. We describe the use of an endoscopic technique for the successful retrieval of flanged ventricular catheters in two patients. The technique described in this report may be helpful for patients that have flanged ventricular catheters that must be removed.

Keywords: Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunts; Hydrocephalus; Neuroendoscopy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Brain / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain / surgery*
  • Catheters*
  • Humans
  • Hydrocephalus / diagnostic imaging
  • Hydrocephalus / surgery*
  • Male
  • Neuroendoscopy* / methods
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Ventriculostomy / methods