Article Abstract

Robotic resection of a middle mediastinal mass

Authors: Marco Nardini, Joel Dunning, Marcello Migliore, Robert J. Cerfolio


Aorto-pulmonary paraganglioma is an exceptionally rare condition, and its diagnosis and treatment are a challenge for the general thoracic surgeon. We describe the case of a 35 years old man who was incidentally diagnosed with a visceral mediastinal mass, deeply encased in the aorto-pulmonary window. To our knowledge this is the first case of its kind to be successfully treated with the adoption of a minimally invasive technique. We conclude that the dissection was made easier by the robotic instrumentation and by the camera system, and a minimally invasive approach would have been more difficult by traditional thoracoscopy.