Extended Transcervical Video-Assisted Thymectomy

Christopher B. Komanapalli, James I. Cohen, Mithran S. Sukumar

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This article describes surgery using a transcervical approach with thoracoscopic visualization. The video-assisted extended approach is well suited for patients undergoing thymectomy for myasthenia gravis, thymic cysts, small thymoma, or mediastinal parathyroid adenoma. It incorporates the minimally invasive nature of the transcervical method with the extensive anterior mediastinal dissection, while allowing for complete removal of the thymus and anterior mediastinal fat and avoiding the morbidity of a sternotomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-243
Number of pages9
JournalThoracic Surgery Clinics
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2010


  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Transcervical thymectomy
  • Transsternal technique
  • Video-assisted thoracoscopic thymectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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