Neurosurgery - Patient Care and Treatment

Neurosurgical endoscopy helps kids with injuries, tumors, nerve and congenital problems, and more, at Penn State Children’s Hospital Pediatric Neurosurgery.

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Neurosurgical endoscopy

Our Pediatric Neurosurgery team cares for children with neurological disorders and diseases, including:

  • Congenital (present at birth) malformations
  • Brain and spinal tumors
  • Head and spine injuries
  • Peripheral nerve disorders

Inpatient care is provided at Penn State Children's Hospital, which has a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), and children's and adolescent floor.

When a child needs rehabilitation, we coordinate with our Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit, which offers comprehensive physical and neuropsychological rehabilitation for children.

Surgical neuro-endoscopy is used to treat patients with complex intraventricular pathology (problems in the brain’s ventricles). In this minimally invasive surgery, neurosurgeons access the skull through tiny dime-sized holes, or may enter the brain through the nose or mouth. With this kind of procedure, surgeons can reach parts of the brain they can’t reach with traditional surgery.

The surgeons use different kinds of special tools, including lighted scopes (endoscopes), tiny instruments (endoscopic instruments), lasers and electrosurgery (monopolar diathermy). Different types of neuro-endoscopy surgeries may be used to:

  • Treat hydrocephalus (with third ventriculostomies and choroid plexus coagulation or ETV+CPC)
  • Test brain tumors for cancer (with ventricular biopsies)
  • Drain brain cysts internally (with cyst fenestration)
Treat infection in the brain’s ventricles or advanced hydrocephalus (with septostomies).

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