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Ann Thorac Surg. 2003 Feb;75(2):569-71.

Totally endoscopic robotic thymectomy for myasthenia gravis.

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St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, New York 10019, USA.


The current recommendations for treating myasthenia gravis include surgical thymectomy for patients between puberty and 60 years of age. This is a report of a new method for surgical thymectomy using the robotic da Vinci surgical system for a totally endoscopic approach. This new procedure combines the potential advantages of minimally invasive methods with the efficacy of open procedures.

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