Successful combined surgical approach in a rare case of retrotracheal goitre in a patient with anatomical impediments.
Diving goitres can descend the cervical region expanding directly into the thoracic cavity. In most cases, diving goitres extend into the anterosuperior compartment, but they may also extend behind the trachea. We herein present a case of a male patient with retrotracheal goitre and history of left thyroid lobectomy and median sternotomy for thoracic aortic aneurysm repair with graft placement. After detailed preoperative evaluation, the patient underwent surgical resection of the mass through a combined approach; the existing cervical incision and a right posterolateral mini-thoracotomy. The postoperative course of the patient was uncomplicated. One year after surgery, the patient is asymptomatic and disease-free. (Folia Morphol 2018; 77, 1: 166-169).
Spartalis, E; Damaskos, C; Moris, D; Athanasiou, A; Spartalis, M; Karagkiouzis, G; Schizas, D; Dimitroulis, D; Tomos, P
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