Chest Surgery pp 351-358 | Cite as

Resection of Malignant Mediastinal Germ Cell Tumors

  • Kenneth A. KeslerEmail author
Part of the Springer Surgery Atlas Series book series (SPRISURGERY)


Nonseminomatous germ cell tumors originating in the anterior mediastinum represent a challenging group of neoplasms. Survival depends on postchemotherapy surgery to completely remove residual disease. Postchemotherapy mediastinal surgery, however, is technically demanding. Choosing the surgical approach that will provide optimal exposure of residual disease and surrounding structures is initially critical. An aggressive but balanced surgical approach can remove extremely large residual masses with tumor-free margins. This chapter outlines the surgical approaches and techniques used for postchemotherapy mediastinal dissection.


Germ Cell Germ Cell Tumor Mature Teratoma Pulmonary Metastasectomy Germ Cell Cancer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cardiothoracic Division, Department of SurgeryUniversity Hospital, Indiana UniversityIndianapolisUSA

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