Clinical Challenges in Thoracic Surgery: Anterior Mediastinal Masses

Nov 10, 2022, 10:00 AM

In this episode, our team provides a comprehensive review of the differential diagnosis for mediastinal masses, their workup, and biopsy considerations. Listen as we dive deeper into the perioperative planning and operative approach for resection of these masses with special considerations for patients with thymoma. 

Learning Objectives:

-Discuss the differential diagnosis of a mediastinal mass

-Review the workup of a mediastinal mass

-Outline indications for biopsy and describe the various approaches

-Describe the operative techniques for thymectomy, pearls & potential pitfalls  


 Megan Lenihan MD, Kelly Daus MD, Peter White MD, and Brian Louie MD

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