"Maximal" thymectomy for myasthenia gravis. Results.

@article{Jaretzki1988MaximalTF,
  title={"Maximal" thymectomy for myasthenia gravis. Results.},
  author={Alfred Jaretzki and Audrey S Penn and David E. Sahn Stephen D. Younger and Michel Wolff and M R Olarte and R. E. Lovelace and Lewis P. Rowland},
  journal={The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery},
  year={1988},
  volume={95 5},
  pages={747-57}
}
Thymectomy has been shown to be effective in the treatment of myasthenia gravis. The logical goal of operation has been complete removal of the thymus, but there has been controversy about the surgical technique and its relation to results. Surgical-anatomic studies have shown gross and microscopic thymus widely distributed in the neck and mediastinum. We believe that an en bloc transcervical-transsternal "maximal" thymectomy is required to remove all thymic tissue predictably. Ninety-five… CONTINUE READING

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