What is Ventriculostomy?

Ventriculostomy is a neurosurgical procedure that involves creating a hole ("ostomy") within a cerebral ventricle for drainage. It is done by surgically penetrating the skull, dura mater, and brain such that the ventricle of the brain is accessed. When catheter drainage is temporary, it is commonly referred to as an external ventricular drain, or EVD. When catheter drainage is permanent, it is usually referred to as a shunt. There are many catheter-based ventricular shunts that are named for where they terminate, for example, a ventriculo-peritoneal shunt terminates in the peritoneal cavity, a ventriculoatrial shunt terminates within the atrium of the heart, etc. The most common entry point on the skull is called Kocher's point, which is measured 11 cm posterior to the nasion and 3 cm lateral to midline. EVD ventriculostomy is done primarily to monitor the intracranial pressure as well as to drain Cerebrospinal fluid ("CSF"), primarily, or blood to relieve pressure from the Central nervous system (CNS).

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My daughter is recovering from a traumatic brain injury and had a new shunt put in (shunt revision) on Nov 17, 2015.

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55yo family member with congenital hydrocephalus and a VP shunt since 1yo. Deteriorating slowly in cognitive and motor functioning over lifespan...

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