A Case of Mediastinal Dissection by Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)in a Patient with Mediastinal Nodal Recurrence from Thyroid Carcinoma after Primary Surgery via Median Sternotomy

Hiroshi Kawai, Ryoma Sugimoto, Norichika Iga, Hirokuni Ikeda, Ryosuke Yoshida, Naohisa Waki, Masahiro Ishizaki, Hideyuki Nishi, Kazuki Yamashita

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A70 's male was diagnosed with advanced papillary thyroid carcinoma and underwent total thyroidectomy with left lymph node dissection(T4a, N1b, M0, stage IV A). Six years after the surgery, subclavicular and mediastinal lymph node recurrence was observed. Radioiodine therapy was not successful for those lesions. Lymph node dissection was performed via the cervical and transsternal approaches. One year after the second surgery, cervical and mediastinal lymph node recurrence was again observed. We removed the cervical lymph nodes via the cervical approach. One month after cervical dissection, we removed the mediastinal lymph nodes via video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery(VATS). The lymph nodes were relatively easily dissected by VATS under excellent surgical views. Repeat mediastinal dissection via median sternotomy could be associated with significant complications. VATS is expected to reduce the risk of reoperation and enhance surgical outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2130-2132
Number of pages3
JournalGan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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