Thoracoscopic resection of an esophageal leiomyoma
Epublication WebSurg.com, Feb 2013;13(02). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en3850
Benign tumors of the esophagus are rare lesions that constitute less than 1% of esophageal neoplasms. Nearly two thirds of benign tumors are leiomyomas. They usually arise as intramural growths, most commonly along the distal two thirds of the esophagus. They have extremely small potential for malignant degeneration. Surgical excision is recommended for symptomatic great lesions. The video demonstrates the thoracoscopic resection of a leiomyoma on the upper thoracic third of the esophagus with the patient in a prone position, which brings an excellent exposure of the operative field and decreases lung injuries as we do not use any retractor.