• Vol. 27 No. 4, 570–572
  • 15 July 1998

Thoracoscopic Thymectomy for Myasthenia Gravis: A Case Report

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ABSTRACT

Total thymectomy combined with medical therapy is currently the most effective therapeutic strategy for patients with myasthenia gravis. The standard approach for total thymectomy is that of a median sternotomy. Other approaches include the cervical approach and partial sternotomy. We report a patient who underwent video-assisted thoracoscopic thymectomy at our institution. There was no postoperative complications and the patient was discharged on the fifth postoperative day. Video-assisted thoracoscopic thymectomy has proved to be an effective surgical therapy for the treatment of myasthenia gravis. The long-term outcome awaits close follow-up of the patients operated using this technique.


Total thymectomy is the established surgical therapeutic method for generalised myasthenia gravis. Several approaches are used for the surgical removal of the thymus and these include the transcervical approach, partial sternotomy, median sternotomy and a combination of the transsternal and transcervical approaches.

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