Combined endoluminal-intracavitary thoracoscopic enucleation of leiomyoma of the esophagus
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Thoracoscopic enucleation of leiomyoma of the esophagus was successfully performed in three cases with a new technique called the “balloon push-out method.” Instead of pulling the tumor, which is hard to grasp because of its delicate nature, we pushed it out of the esophageal wall with a balloon-mounted intraluminal endoscope in order to perform the operation faster and more safely. We found this technique to be very useful in this kind of operation.
Key wordsThoracoscopic surgery Esophageal leiomyoma Balloon-mounted intraluminal endoscope
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