Video assisted trans-cervical thymectomy A minimally invasive approach to treat non-thymomatous myasthenia gravis


COD: 06_2013_667-670 Categorie: ,

Marcello Migliore, Giovanni Alongi, Liborio Rampello, Marinella Astuto

Ann. Ital. Chir., 2013 84: 667-670

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Contemporary surgical options to remove the thymus gland include median sternotomy with extended resection or minimally invasive techniques. Transcervical thymectomy has been criticized as potentially giving a “lesser” thymectomy. We describe the trans cervical approach with telescope enhancement using a standard VATS camera. This report describes the method emphasising the excellent visualization, and discuss the pro and cons over the classic trans-cervical approach or thymectomies performed by VATS or sternotomy.