Initial experience with endoscopic side cutting aspiration system in pure neuroendoscopic excision of large intraventricular tumors

Aaron Mohanty, Bobbye Jo Thompson, Joel Patterson

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Objective: Conventionally, neuroendoscopic excision of intraventricular tumors has been difficult and time consuming because of lack of an effective decompression system that can be used through the working channel of the endoscope. Methods: The authors report their initial experience in purely endoscopic excision of large intraventricular tumors with the minimally invasive NICO Myriad system. The NICO Myriad is a side cutting soft tissue aspiration system that uses an inner reciprocating cannula and an outer stationary sheath with a side port. During decompression, applied suction approximates the tumor into the lumen of the outer sheath, with the inner cannula excising the tissue by oscillation of the cutting edge. The tumor is then removed by aspiration through the inner sheath. Results: Three patients with large intraventricular tumors were operated by a purely endoscopic approach using a GAAB rigid endoscope and the NICO Myriad system. Of these, two had intraventricular craniopharyngiomas and one had a lateral ventricular subependymoma. The tumor size varied between 1.9 and 4.5 cm in the largest diameter. A relatively firm and solid tumor was encountered in two and a multicystic tumor with thick adherent walls in one. The tumor could be subtotally removed in one and near totally in two. There were no long-term complications. Conclusion: The NICO Myriad is a highly effective tumor decompression system that can be effectively used in a purely endoscopic approach to intraventricular lesions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)655.e15-655.e21
JournalWorld Neurosurgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2013



  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Excision
  • NICO Myriad
  • Neuroendoscope
  • Subependymoma
  • Tumor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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