Send to

Choose Destination
Zentralbl Chir. 2013 Oct;138 Suppl 1:S52-7. doi: 10.1055/s-0033-1350869. Epub 2013 Oct 22.

[Radical pleurectomy and hyperthermic intrathoracic chemotherapy for treatment of thymoma with pleural spread].

[Article in German]

Author information

Abteilung für Thoraxchirurgie, Universitätsklinikum Regensburg, Deutschland.



Patients with pleural thymoma spread (Masaoka stage IV a) should be treated within a multimodal treatment regime. However, the extent of local surgical resection to achieve optimal tumour control remains controversial.


Prospective analysis between September 2008 and April 2013 of all patients with a Masaoka stage IV a thymoma, who underwent radical pleurectomy/decortication (P/D) followed by hyperthermic intrathoracic chemotherapy (HITHOC).


A total of 11 patients (male n = 7; mean age 46.5 ± 11.4 years) with a primary stage IV a thymoma (n = 3) or thymoma with pleural relapse (n = 8) were included after successful transsternal thymoma resection. WHO histological classification was: B1 n = 1, B2 n = 6, B3 n = 3 and C n = 1. A radical P/D (5/11; 45 %) was extended with resection of the pericardium and diaphragm in 6/11 (55 %) patients. After surgical resection (91 % complete macroscopic R0/R1-resection) the HITHOC with cisplatin (100 mg/m2 body surface area (BSA) n = 7; 150 mg/m2 BSA n = 4) was performed for one hour at 42 °C. Operative revision was necessary in two patients (chylo- and hematothorax) with one patient also requiring temporary renal replacement therapy due acute renal failure (cisplatin 150 mg/m2 BSA). 30-day mortality was 0 %. Local recurrence (pulmonary n = 1, paravertebral n = 2) was documented in 3/10 (30 %) patients after R0/R1 resection. After a mean follow-up of 23 months the overall median survival was 27 months and 82 % (9/11) patients are still alive at the end of the study period.


Masaoka stage IV a thymoma could be safely treated with lung-sparing radical P/D and HITHOC with cisplatin in a multimodality treatment regime. Early results with respect to recurrence and survival are encouraging, but further studies are warranted and we have to await long-term results.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart, New York
Loading ...
Support Center