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Anna-Katharina Meißner, Lena Dreher, Stephanie Theresa Jünger, Veerle Visser-Vandewalle, Maximilian I. Ruge, and Daniel Rueß


The treatment of symptomatic, progressive or recurrent acquired intracerebral cysts is challenging, especially when they are localized in eloquent structures. In addition to resection, endoscopic fenestration, or stereotactic puncture, the implantation of a cystoventricular shunt by stereotactic guidance (SCVS) has been reported as a minimally invasive procedure; however, only scarce data are available regarding its feasibility and efficacy. Here, the authors evaluated the feasibility and efficacy of frame-based SCVS in patients with acquired intracranial cysts.


In this single-center retrospective analysis, the authors included all patients with acquired intracerebral cysts treated by SCVS following a standardized prospective protocol between 2012 and 2020. They analyzed clinical symptoms, complications, and radiological outcome with regard to cyst volume reduction by 3D volumetry.


Thirty-four patients (17 females and 17 males; median age 44 years, range 5–77 years) were identified. The median initial cyst volume was 11.5 cm3 (range 1.6–71.6 cm3), and the mean follow-up was 20 months (range 1–82 months). At the last follow-up, 27 of 34 patients (79%) showed a cyst volume reduction of more than 50%. Initial symptoms improved or resolved in 74% (n = 25) and remained stable in 24% (n = 8). No permanent clinical deterioration after treatment was observed. The total complication rate was 5.9%, comprising transient neurological deterioration (n = 1) and ventriculitis (n = 1). There were no deaths. The overall recurrence rate was 11.8%.


In this study, SCVS proved to be a safe, minimally invasive, and effective treatment with reliable long-term volume reduction, resulting in clinical improvement and a minor complication rate.