Transcervical thymectomy for myasthenia gravis

B. F. Meyers, J. D. Cooper

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The authors of this article contend that the transcervical approach for thymectomy allows the safe and complete removal of the thymus and provides equivalent benefit to the patients with regard to opportunity for clinical remission or freedom from progression of the symptoms of MG. The low morbidity and short hospitalization after transcervical thymectomy represent minimal barriers and allow increased willingness of the neurologist to refer a patient for surgical therapy and increased acceptance of the patient towards the recommendations. The authors believe that an early, safe, and complete thymectomy offers all the benefits of surgical removal of the thymus to a patient with MG with minimal risk for morbidity and postoperative pain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-368
Number of pages6
JournalChest Surgery Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001


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