Transhiatal Esophagectomy (THE)

Maria Letizia Vita, Alessio Piraino, Adele Tessitore, Giacomo Cusumano, Maria Teresa Congedo, Venanzio Porziella, Alfredo Cesario, Elisa Meacci, Stefano Margaritora, Pierluigi Granone

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In Transhiatal Esophagectomy(THE) two approaches can be used by the surgeon: abdominal and cervical, without thoracotomy. A pioneer of this technique was Orringer, with the largest experience world-wide (1085 patients). THE is associated with a lower morbidity compared with the transthoracic approach, but much controversy exists on whether THE is a suitable operation for cancer, because it is not combined with en-bloc lymphadenectomy. However, overall, there are no statistical differences between the two. Frequently esophageal carcinoma is a systemic disease and thus, the biological behavior and the stage of tumor rather than the technique, play a major role.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-66
Number of pages4
JournalRays - International Journal of Radiological Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006


  • Esophageal cancer
  • Transhiatal esophagectomy
  • Transthoracic esophagectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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