Five patients presented with symptoms related directly to pressure effects from their cavum septum pellucidum with persistent or intermittent obstructive hydrocephalus. The most characteristic presenting symptoms were intermittent postural headache and postural loss of consciousness. If cysts of the cavum septum pellucidum are symptomatic and stereotactic cyst puncture or fenestration are ineffective, ventriculoperitoneal shunting should be carried out before resorting to more radical excision of the cyst.
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