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Endoscopic Retrieval of Flanged Ventricular Catheters

  • M. Ege Babadagli (a1), Dwaine Cooke (a2), Simon A. Walling (a3) and P. Daniel McNeely (a3)


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.

Extraire des cathéters ventriculaires à brides par voie endoscopique. Les cathéters ventriculaires à brides sont désormais rarement utilisés. De nombreux patients atteints, de longue date, d’hydrocéphalie continuent encore aujourd’hui à être munis de ces cathéters. À noter qu’il s’agit parfois de cathéters ayant été maintenus en place à la suite d’une pose antérieure. L’extraction de ces cathéters devient parfois nécessaire et peut s’avérer difficile en raison d’adhésions intraventriculaires. Nous voulons décrire ici l’utilisation d’une technique endoscopique ayant permis, dans le cas de deux patients, d’extraire avec succès leurs cathéters. En somme, il se pourrait que la technique décrite dans ce compte-rendu soit bénéfique.


Corresponding author

Correspondence to: P. Daniel McNeely, Division of Neurosurgery, IWK Health Centre, 5850 University Avenue, P.O. Box 9700, Nova Scotia, Canada B3K 6R8. Email:


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