Anaesthetic management of a parturient with a colloid cyst of the third ventricle

M. C. Reade, D. M. Scott

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A colloid cyst in the third ventricle near the foramen of Monroe can obstruct cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow from the lateral ventricles. Any change in the CSFpressure on either side of the cyst can lead to displacement and thus precipitate acute hydrocephalus. Management of the confinement of a patient with a colloid cyst must therefore aim to minimize changes in CSFpressure. We describe our management of a patient with a small colloid cyst who was permitted to labour with the assistance of patient-controlled epidural analgesia. The available alternatives are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-213
Number of pages3
JournalAnaesthesia and Intensive Care
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2000


  • ANALGESIA: epidural, patient-controlled, labour
  • BRAIN: colloid cyst, intracranial tumour, pressure

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