Can invasive thymomas be resected by video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery?

@article{Agasthian2011CanIT,
  title={Can invasive thymomas be resected by video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery?},
  author={Thirugnanam Agasthian},
  journal={Asian cardiovascular & thoracic annals},
  year={2011},
  volume={19 3-4},
  pages={225-7}
}
Although video-assisted thoracic surgery can be used for well-encapsulated thymomas, its role in invasive thymomas remains controversial. Between 1998 and 2009, 77 patients aged 22-76 years underwent thymomectomy by video-assisted thoracic surgery. Tumors <5 cm without major invasion on preoperative computed tomography were selected. There were 13 invasive thymomas (Masaoka stage III and IV). A modified dissection technique was employed to prevent breaching the tumor capsule and risking tumor… CONTINUE READING

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