Robot-Assisted Thoracoscopic Resection of a Superior Mediastinal Tumor
謝志明(Chih-Ming Hsieh)；陳仁智(Jen-Chih Chen)；程永隆(Yeung-Leung Cheng)；張宏(Hung Chung)；禚靖(Ching Tzao)；李世俊(Shih-Chun Lee)
robot-assisted thoracoscopic surgery ； mediastinum ； neurogenic tumor
Formosan Journal of Surgery
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38卷6期（2005 / 12 / 01）
289 - 293
Although a thoracoscopic approach has been used for thoracic neurogenic tumors for several decades, it is the recent introduction of robotic systems that has revolutionized videoscopic surgery by allowing surgeons to perform complex thoracoscopic procedures safely. However, there have been few reports describing robot-assisted thoracoscopic surgery, especially for tumors of the apical thorax. Herein we present our experience with successful robot-assisted thoracoscopic surgery for a 44-year-old woman with a superior mediastinal neurogenic tumor that was discovered during workup for a chronic dry cough of about one month's duration. No obvious complication was noted after the procedure, and recovery was uneventful. Robot-assisted thoracoscopic surgery may be an effective alternative in treating selected patients with mediastinal tumors.