Transesophageal endoscopic resection of mediastinal cysts (with video)

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      Background and Aims

      Primary mediastinal cysts are infrequent lesions derived from a variety of mediastinal organs or structures. Complete surgical resection is the treatment of choice even in asymptomatic patients to prevent severe adverse events (AEs) and to establish the diagnosis. Transesophageal endoscopic resection of benign mediastinal tumors has been proven feasible. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility, safety, and efficacy of transesophageal endoscopic surgery for mediastinal cysts.


      From January 2016 to May 2021, patients with mediastinal cysts who underwent transesophageal endoscopic resection were retrospectively included. Clinicopathologic characteristics, procedure-related parameters, AEs, and follow-up outcomes were analyzed.


      Ten patients with mediastinal cysts were included in this study. The mean cyst size was 3.3 ± 1.3 cm. Histopathology revealed 3 bronchogenic cysts (30.0%), 4 esophageal duplication cysts (40.0%), 2 gastroenteric cysts (20.0%), and 1 lymphatic cyst (10.0%). All procedures were performed uneventfully without conversion to traditional surgery. En-bloc resection was achieved in 6 patients (60.0%). Aggressive resection was avoided to prevent damage to the surrounding vital organs. Mean resection time and suture time were 58.0 ± 36.4 minutes and 5.4 ± 1.0 minutes, respectively. No major pneumothorax, bleeding, mucosal injury, or fistula occurred. One patient had a transient febrile episode (>38.5°C). Mean postoperative hospital stay was 2.7 ± .9 days. No residual or recurrent lesions were observed in any patient during a mean follow-up period of 29.8 ± 19.5 months.


      Transesophageal endoscopic surgery appears to be a feasible, safe, effective, and much less invasive approach for mediastinal cyst resection. Larger prospective studies are required to fully assess the efficacy and safety of this novel technique.


      AE (adverse event), EFTR (endoscopic full-thickness resection), POD (postoperative day), STER (submucosal tunneling endoscopic resection)
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