Endoscopic surgery with the help of a tubular retractor was effective and safe. It allowed for a good visualization of the hematoma and the surrounding brain, and helped in proper hemostasis. The hematoma may also be removed with the help of the microscope and the tubular retractor, in case any difficulty during the endoscopic technique is encountered 1).
Good clinical outcome can be expected after stereotactic catheter drainage in patients with a hematoma volume between 20 and 30 cm3, an initial GCS score ≥ 13, and the absence of internal capsule involvement. Among these patients, stereotactic catheter drainage may have a beneficial effect on early recovery of motor weakness and functional outcome, indicating that lateral-type basal ganglia hematoma compression not involving the internal capsule may be better treated using stereotactic catheter drainage than treated medically 2).