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Successful utilization of a video-assisted thoracic approach to repair morgagni's hernia: Report of a case

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We describe herein the successful utilization of a video-assisted thoracic surgical approach to repair Morgagni's hernia. The patient was a 62-year-old woman in whom a routine chest X-ray had revealed an asymptomatic mass, which was presumed to be a pericardial lipoma or Morgagni's hernia. The video-assisted thoracic surgical approach was combined with a right submammary minithoracotomy to successfully repair the hernia without performing a laparotomy. The patient's postoperative course was uneventful and she was discharged 14 days after surgery. Thus, we believe that video-assisted thoracic surgery may be a useful and effective method for repairing Morgagni's hernia.

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Akamine, S., Kawahara, K., Nakamura, A. et al. Successful utilization of a video-assisted thoracic approach to repair morgagni's hernia: Report of a case. Surg Today 25, 654–656 (1995).

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