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Neuroendoscopy describes the use of endoscopes to gain access to the brain, spine and peripheral nervous system allowing a "minimally invasive" approach to some lesions. Neuroendoscopy may be useful in the management of hydrocephalus, cystic lesions of the brain and spinal cord, tumors, vascular lesions, degenerative spine disease and nerve entrapments.
The Department of Neurosurgery at University of Mississippi Medical Center offers a variety of neuroendoscopic procedures employing state-of the-art neuroendoscopic instrumentation and techniques. A special MRI-compatible endoscope has been developed which allows some neuroendoscopic procedures to be performed in the interventional MRI suite. This technique is particularly useful in the management of complex cystic lesions of the brain when the normal anatomical landmarks on which conventional neuroendoscopy is based have been distorted by the underlying pathology.
Examples of common neuroendoscopic procedures include:
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