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OBJECTIVE Effects of preoperative steroids on morbidity and mortality after transsternal thymectomy are analyzed. METHODS There were 620 transsternal thymectomies for myasthenia gravis performed in the period 1973-2002. There were 547 patients with nonthymomatous myasthenia, including 17 patients submitted to repeated thymectomy (rethymectomy) and 46… (More)
A unique case of a surgically treated primary amyloid tumour of the mediastinum has been reported in a 40-year-old man. Immunohistochemical examinations revealed the presence of transthyretin and amyloid AA within the amyloid masses.
UNLABELLED The aim of the study was to analyze the impact of extended rethymectomy in patients with myasthenia gravis. Additionally, an original technique of resternotomy is described. Extended rethymectomy was performed on 21 patients with refractory myastenic symptoms after a previous transsternal thymectomy. In 8 patients the original video-assisted… (More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study is to present the new technique of transcervical-subxiphoid-videothoracoscopic "maximal"thymectomy introduced by the authors of this study for myasthenia gravis. MATERIALS AND METHODS Two hundred and sixteen patients with Osserman scores ranging from I-III were operated on from 1/9/2000 to 31/12/2006 for this study. The… (More)