Thoracoscopic enucleation of a giant submucosal tumor of the esophagus

Ertem M., Baca B., Dogusoy G., Erguney S., Yavuz N.

SURGICAL LAPAROSCOPY ENDOSCOPY & PERCUTANEOUS TECHNIQUES, cilt.14, sa.2, ss.87-90, 2004 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 14 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2004
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1097/00129689-200404000-00008
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.87-90


Since the introduction of thoracoscopy in the surgical field, many thoracic interventions have been considered feasible via thoracoscopic route. The authors reported a case of thoracoscopic enucleation of a giant esophageal submucosal tumor (8.5 cm in diameter) situated along the left side of the midesophagus. Histopathologic evaluation revealed a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST). Postoperative period was uneventful and the patient was discharged on the eighth postoperative day. Given the well-known advantages of minimally invasive surgery, we assume that the removal of esophageal submucosal tumors can first be attempted by thoracoscopic approach, even if the tumor is of a big size. In cases of histopathologically unknown tumors preoperatively, definitive examination of the complete specimen provides the basis for further therapeutic decisions.