Article Abstract

Surgical and oncological outcomes of thoracoscopic thymectomy for thymoma

Authors: Makoto Odaka, You Tsukamoto, Takamasa Shibasaki, Shohei Mori, Hisatoshi Asano, Makoto Yamashita, Toshiaki Morikawa


Thymoma remains the most common primary anterior mediastinal neoplasm. Surgical resection remains central to the treatment of thymoma, with thoracoscopic thymectomy (TT) being increasingly performed. This present review article aimed to summarize current studies comparing TT and open thymectomy (OT). Recently, most patients with Masaoka stage I–II thymoma have been receiving TT. This procedure is associated with a significantly shorter post-operative hospital stay, decreased intraoperative blood loss, and fewer complications compared with OT. Recurrence rates of thymoma after TT range from 0% to 6.7%, and the 5-year disease-free survival (DFS) ranges from 83.3% to 96%. The oncological outcomes of TT are comparable to that of OT. Masaoka stage and the World Health Organization (WHO) type classification are valuable predictors of the prognosis of thymoma; hence, the optimal treatment for thymoma should be performed according to these two. TT is less invasive, with equivalent oncological outcomes, when compared with the OT. Minimally invasive surgery including TT for stage I–II thymomas is becoming the mainstay of therapy.