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What is a ventriculostomy?

A ventriculostomy is a procedure to reduce the amount of cerebrospinal fluid built up in the brain by alleviating or compensating for a blockage or obstruction between the ventricles. In the procedure, cerebrospinal fluid is encouraged to move toward the stem of the brain via a hole drilled into the ventricle or into the blockage. When successful, this procedure will result in the absorption of the fluid in a typical manner.

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