Journal Article

Transsternal thymoma resection

Federico Venuta, Tiziano de Giacomo, Claudio Andreetti and Giorgio Furio Coloni

in Multimedia Manual of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

Volume 2005, issue 0425 Published in print January 2005 |
Published online January 2005 | e-ISSN: 1813-9175 | DOI:

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Thymomas are traditionally regarded as tumours arising from the epithelial cells of the thymus. They are the second most frequent mediastinal tumour in the adult and show a variable clinical presentation and clinical course. Complete surgical resection should be the gold standard. The preferred approach is complete median sternotomy and an extended thymectomy is usually performed. A multimodality approach should be considered for invasive lesions or tumours giving intrathoracic metastases.

Keywords: Thymoma; Surgery; Multimodality approach

Journal Article.  2270 words.  Illustrated.

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