Laparoscopic transdiaphragmatic thymectomy without chest incisions

Nkem Aziken, Maria Evasovich, Rafael S. Andrade, Eitan Podgaetz

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Mediastinal parathyroid adenomas are rare. Surgical resection is recommended. Traditionally median sternotomy has been the preferred approach; newer less invasive techniques have been described. The aim is to describe an innovative technique for thymectomy via a laparoscopic transdiaphragmatic approach avoiding any thoracic incisions and potentially chronic postoperative intercostal pain in a patient with a well localized mediastinal parathyroid adenoma. No intraoperative complications, parathyroid hormone essay normalized and the patient was discharged home on the second day. Laparoscopic transdiaphragmatic thymectomy seems feasible and safe. Further studies are needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-387
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017

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© The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery.


  • Mediastinal tumour
  • Minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy)
  • Thymectomy
  • Transdiaphragmatic


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