The origin of the cannula for ventriculostomy in pediatric hydrocephalus: Historical vignette

Paolo Missori, Sergio Paolini, Maurizio Domenicucci

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Abstract

Medical and surgical texts from the 16th to the 18th centuries document the origin of the cannula for ventriculostomy in pediatric hydrocephalus. Fabrizio d'Acquapendente was the first physician to report external ventriculostomy through the insertion of a silver cannula with a stopper. More than 100 years later, extended use of the trocar by urologists allowed Claude-Nicolas Le Cat to perform an external ventriculostomy with a trocar and a bung.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290-294
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011

Keywords

  • Cannula
  • History
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Trocar
  • Ventriculostomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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