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Surgical techniques for early-stage thymoma: Video-assisted thoracoscopic thymectomy versus transsternal thymectomy

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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Source Name: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery


Bo Ye, Ji-Cheng Tantai, Xiao-Xiao Ge, Wang Li, Jian Feng, Ming Cheng, Jian-Xing Shi, Heng Zhao

The authors compared outcomes of surgical management of early stage thymoma in 125 patients undergoing unilateral VATS to 137 patients undergoing transsternal resection.  OR time, blood loss, chest tube drainage, chest tube duration, and LOS were less in the VATS group.  Complication rates and local recurrence rates were similar. 

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