Adjuvant pneumomediastinum in thoracoscopic thymectomy for mysthenia gravis

Tommaso Claudio Mineo, Eugenio Pompeo, Vincenzo Ambrogi, Alessandro F. Sabato, Giorgio Bernardi, Carlo U. Casciani

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To facilitate initial visualization and subsequent mobilization of the thymus, adjuvant pneumomediastinum was preoperatively induced in 4 patients who underwent video-assisted thoracoscopic thymectomy. Neither mortality nor technique-related morbidity was observed. This experience shows video-assisted thoracoscopic thymectomy to be a safe and reliable procedure. In addition, we believe that adjuvant pneumomediastinum seems to facilitate the dissection maneuvers and could shorten operative time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1210-1212
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery


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