The 'little' exploratory mediastinotomy by transcervical approach

G. Maggi, M. Mancuso, M. De Simone

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The operation proposed and defined as 'minimal exploratory mediastinotomy' falls between mediastinoscopy and longitudinal medial sternotomy. Mediastinotomy 'a minima' via the cervix with sternal manubrial splitting represents an intermediate solution which permits broader indications even for high risk patients. Obvious advantages include rapid access, closure with only one stitch of transosseal Nylon, easier postoperative care, and no greater pain than that involving thyroid surgery. Patients can get up the first day and are discharged after a week.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-263
Number of pages7
JournalSurgery in Italy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1979

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  • Medicine(all)


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