Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2008; 56(6): 375-377
DOI: 10.1055/s-2008-1038471
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Thoracoscopic Removal of Middle Mediastinal Schwannoma Originating from Recurrent Nerve

K. Sasaki1 , T. Kohno1 , M. Mun1 , T. Yoshiya1
  • 1Department of Thoracic Surgery, Toranomon Hospital, Tokyo, Japan
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Publication History

Received November 23, 2007

Publication Date:
14 August 2008 (online)


Intrathoracic mediastinal neurogenic tumors are relatively common, accounting for 10 % to 34 % of all mediastinal tumors. The tumor usually originates from an intercostal nerve, the sympathetic nerve, or vagus nerve. There are many reports on the surgical removal of schwannomas originating from the vagus nerve [1]. However, there are few case reports on mediastinal schwannnomas originating from the recurrent nerve [2], [3].

To our knowledge, this is the first case report on the thoracoscopic removal of a schwannoma originating from the left recurrent nerve.


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