Institutional experience of endoscopic suprasellar arachnoid cyst fenestration

Elias Rizk, Joshua J. Chern, Christine Tagayun, R. Shane Tubbs, Todd Hankinson, Curtis Rozzelle, W. Jerry Oakes, Jeffrey P. Blount, John C. Wellons

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Introduction: Suprasellar arachnoid cysts can differ from other arachnoid cysts in several ways, making a separate analysis of these cysts worthwhile. Herein, we present the outcome and perform volumetric analysis of six children with suprasellar arachnoid cysts treated with endoscopic ventriculocystocisternostomy in order to evaluate the long-term outcomes. Patients and methods: Operative and postoperative data were retrospectively reviewed for six patients harboring suprasellar arachnoid cysts. Imaging was then used to follow success of surgical intervention. Results: Six patients with suprasellar arachnoid cysts underwent ventriculocystocisternostomy. Presenting symptoms were headaches in three patients, developmental delay in another, and an incidental finding in the remaining patients. All patients had enlarged lateral and third ventricles on initial imaging. Average age at presentation was 145.7 months (65.4-250.2). Follow-up was an average of 46.5 months (3-84). The average cyst size was 153.96 cm3 (42.98-369.20) preoperatively and an average of 39.92 cm3 (3.20-101.47) at follow-up. Conclusions: Based on our experience, suprasellar arachnoid cyst treatment with ventriculocystocisternostomy is an adequate surgical intervention. Suprasellar and third ventricular size does respond to the surgical intervention at long-term follow-up.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1345-1347
Number of pages3
JournalChild's Nervous System
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology


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