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Superior Vena Cava Off-Pump Surgery

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Duranti L, Rolli L. Superior Vena Cava Off-Pump Surgery. March 2022. doi:10.25373/ctsnet.19422158

This is the case of a sixty-four-year-old male patient who was a smoker and with ischemic cardiopathy. He also had a neuroendocrine mediastinal thymic carcinoma involving the superior third of the SVC and the confluence of the two innominate veins. The patient underwent induction chemotherapy (five cycles of CBDCA–VP16) from November 2018 to March 2019.  

In this video, the patient underwent an extended radical thymectomy with SVC resection at the confluence of the two innominate veins, prosthetic reconstruction of the left innominate vein to the right atrium with GoreTex 10mm reinforced prosthesis, and tangential reconstruction of the SVC/right innominate vein in through a standard median sternotomy.  

The pathologist reported an R0 resection of mediastinal tumor. The patient was discharged uneventfully two weeks after surgery. 


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