Nerve-Sparing Surgery in Advanced Stage Thymomas.

Affiliation

Division of Thoracic Surgery, Cardiac, Thoracic, and Vascular Department, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Phrenic nerve infiltration has been described in as many as 33% of advanced thymomas; en bloc resection causes diaphragmatic loss of function, with detrimental effects on pulmonary function. We report the outcomes of selected patients operated on for invasive thymoma with a nerve-sparing technique.