What is endoscopic third ventriculostomy with choroid plexus cauterization?

Also known as: ETV/CPC.

Normally, fluid is formed in the brain (cerebrospinal fluid-CSF) by the choroid plexus (contains blood vessels) in the spaces of the brain tissue (ventricles) and flows through a pathway around the brain and spinal cord. It is continuously being made and reabsorbed.

When the fluid cannot flow or is not absorbed properly, fluid builds up-this is called hydrocephalus. Endoscopic third ventriculostomy with choroid plexus cauterization is a surgical treatment option for hydrocephalus, or fluid on the brain.


Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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