Anterior mediastinotomy is a useful tool in the thoracic surgeon’s diagnostic armamentarium. When performed well, this procedure is associated with minimal morbidity and mortality and may provide a less invasive approach to diagnosing an anterior mediastinal mass or aortopulmonary pathology. Because of the availability of even less invasive nonsurgical techniques, this approach now is used less frequently. However, for particularly challenging situations, anterior mediastinotomy remains the procedure of choice.
KeywordsLeft Internal Mammary Artery Anterior Mediastinal Mass Transcervical Approach Endobronchial Ultrasound Lateral Chest Wall
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