Extended rethymectomy in the treatment of refractory myasthenia gravis: original video-assisted technique of resternotomy and results of the treatment in 21 patients.

@article{Zieliski2004ExtendedRI,
  title={Extended rethymectomy in the treatment of refractory myasthenia gravis: original video-assisted technique of resternotomy and results of the treatment in 21 patients.},
  author={Marcin Zieliński and Jarosław Kużdżał and Bartłomiej Staniec and Maria Harazda and Tomasz Nabiałek and Juliusz Pankowski and Artur Szlubowski and Maciej Narski},
  journal={Interactive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery},
  year={2004},
  volume={3 2},
  pages={376-80}
}
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 technique of complete longitudinal resternotomy with the aid of a special sternal retractor elevating the sternum from above and below was used… CONTINUE READING