Surgical approaches for superior sulcus tumor

Yoshinori Okada, Akira Sakurada, Tetsu Sado, Yasushi Matsuda, T. Watanabe, C. Endo, Yasushi Hoshikawa, M. Noda, T. Oyaizu, Sumiko Maeda, K. Ooishi, Takashi Kondo

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Surgical approach is one of the most crucial aspects in the treatment of superior sulcus tumor (SST). Posterior approach as described by Paulson and coworkers is appropriate for the resection of SST invading posterior part of the 1st rib and the vertebrae, whereas anterior approaches as described by Masaoka, Dartevelle, Grunenwald, or Rusca are suitable for resection of SST involving subclavian vessels. We present 2 cases of SST who underwent complete resection through the posterior approach and a modified hemi-clamshell approach, respectively. We also discuss the surgical approaches for SST with referring to literatures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-56
Number of pages6
JournalKyobu geka. The Japanese journal of thoracic surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan

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