Utilizing tubular retractors in colloid cyst resection: A single surgeon experience

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Gurses M. E., Lu V. M., Gecici N. N., Shah K. H., Gökalp E., Bashti M., ...More

Surgical Neurology International, vol.15, 2024 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 15
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.25259/sni_231_2024
  • Journal Name: Surgical Neurology International
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Keywords: Colloid cyst, Microsurgical approach, Minimally invasive surgery, Outcomes, Tubular retractor
  • Ankara University Affiliated: Yes


Background: Colloid cysts are intracranial lesions originating from abnormalities in the primitive neuroepithelium folding of the third ventricle. Various surgical approaches have been explored for the management of colloid cysts, each carrying its own set of advantages and limitations. Tubular retractors developed recently alleviate retraction pressure through radial distribution, potentially offering benefits for colloid cyst resection. This study aims to introduce and assess a modified microsurgical method utilizing the tubular retractor for addressing colloid cysts. Methods: The study included a retrospective assessment of patients who had colloid cysts and who were treated between 2015 and 2023 by one experienced surgeon. The demographic, clinical, radiological, histological, and surgical data regarding these patients were evaluated. The patients were assessed using the colloid cyst risk score, indicating a risk for obstructive hydrocephalus. Results: The minimally invasive microsurgical approach was successfully applied to all 22 identified patients. No postoperative surgical complications were reported. Gross total resection was achieved in 21 (95.5%) patients. The early complication rate was 22.7% (n = 5). There were no postoperative seizures, permanent neurological deficits, or venous injuries. The average hospital stay was 3 days. There was no evidence of recurrence at an average followup length of 25.9 months. Conclusion: The transtubular approach is an effective, safe method for treating colloid cysts. It achieves complete cyst removal with minimal complications, offering the benefits of less invasiveness, improved visualization, and reduced tissue disruption, strengthening its role in colloid cyst surgery.