Complications of endoscopic neurosurgery

Charles Teo, Salim Rahman, Frederick Boop, Bruce Cherny

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Abstract

Neuroendoscopy is rapidly becoming an essential part of the neurosurgeon's repertoire. Currently, very few studies have identified the complications of this new technique, yet many have warned of the steep learning curve associated with its practice. We have reviewed the last 173 neuroendoscopic procedures performed by one surgeon and identified two distinct groups of complications: those that have clinically significant sequelae and those that cause concern intraoperatively but no overt clinical problems. The 173 procedures were performed on 152 patients. Of these patients, 11 suffered significant complications (7%). Twenty-two of the procedures were complicated by intraoperative problems (13%). The incidence of insignificant complications appeared to decrease with experience, whereas that of the significant ones did not. These complications occurred in association with a wide variety of operations over a 2-year period. We conclude that neuroendoscopy is a relatively safe technique with an overall 7% complication rate and a steep learning curve, and that, with a few simple guidelines, it can be employed by all neurosurgeons for the betterment of their patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)248-253
Number of pages6
JournalChild's Nervous System
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology

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Complications of endoscopic neurosurgery. / Teo, Charles; Rahman, Salim; Boop, Frederick; Cherny, Bruce.

In: Child's Nervous System, Vol. 12, No. 5, 01.01.1996, p. 248-253.

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Teo, C, Rahman, S, Boop, F & Cherny, B 1996, 'Complications of endoscopic neurosurgery', Child's Nervous System, vol. 12, no. 5, pp. 248-253. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00261804
Teo, Charles ; Rahman, Salim ; Boop, Frederick ; Cherny, Bruce. / Complications of endoscopic neurosurgery. In: Child's Nervous System. 1996 ; Vol. 12, No. 5. pp. 248-253.
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