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[Minimally invasive surgery for thymic disease].
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PMID:  23023539     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
This study describes minimally invasive surgery using video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) for thymic diseases. Our procedure has been changed in the last decade from sternum-lifting thoracoscopic surgery with mini-thoracotomy to complete thoracoscopic surgery. Indications for this method include benign thymic disease, non-invasive thymoma or myasthenia gravis (MG). We performed these procedures for 27 cases, including 12 cases of thymic cyst, 10 cases of thymoma without MG, 3 cases of thymoma with MG and 2 cases of MG alone. In all cases of thymoma, tumor size was less than 5 cm. Complete VATS, VATS with mini-thoracotomy and sternum-lifting VATS were performed in 20, 4 and 3 patients, respectively. Complications were phrenic nerve palsy in 2 cases and postoperative bleeding in 1 case. We always use ultrasonic devices in this procedure. No recurrences have been identified in any cases. Even though definitive evidence is lacking for use of a unilateral approach with VATS for thymoma and MG, VATS thymectomy appears acceptable as a less-invasive procedure with less pain and rapid recovery.
Keitaro Matsumoto; Naoya Yamasaki; Tomoshi Tsuchiya; Takuro Miyazaki; Tomayoshi Hayashi; Tsutomu Tagawa; Takeshi Nagayasu
Publication Detail:
Type:  English Abstract; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Kyobu geka. The Japanese journal of thoracic surgery     Volume:  65     ISSN:  0021-5252     ISO Abbreviation:  Kyobu Geka     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-01     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0413533     Medline TA:  Kyobu Geka     Country:  Japan    
Other Details:
Languages:  jpn     Pagination:  955-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Translational Medical Sciences, Nagasaki University School of Biomedical Sciences, Nagasaki, Japan.
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