Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Minimally invasive combined approach robotic thymectomy and transcervical total thyroidectomy
  1. Connor Crudeli1,
  2. Lisa Reid2,
  3. Jennifer Burg3 and
  4. David Shersher3
  1. 1Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Camden, New Jersey, USA
  2. 2Endocrine Surgery, Cooper University Health Care, Camden, New Jersey, USA
  3. 3Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cooper University Health Care, Camden, New Jersey, USA
  1. Correspondence to Mr Connor Crudeli; crudeli.connor{at}


Myasthenia gravis (MG) is the most common autoimmune disorder affecting the neuromuscular junction in the USA. It is not uncommon for these patients to have concomitant autoimmune diseases including autoimmune thyroid disease. We describe here our method of performing a reproducible robotically assisted one-stage thymectomy and thyroidectomy. An African-American woman presented to our institution with a medical history of hypertension, morbid obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, symptomatic MG and symptomatic non-toxic substernal multinodular goitre. A one-stage minimally invasive right-sided robotic radical thymectomy and a transcervical total thyroidectomy with excision of the substernal goitre was successfully performed. The treatment of thyroid and thymus pathologies varies drastically from medical observation to surgery. This combined approach surgery clearly benefits the patient by offering similar operative time, fewer operative and postoperative recovery experiences, decreased anaesthesia risks associated with MG patients through fewer intubations, and a faster return to baseline function.

  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Surgical oncology
  • Thyroid disease

Statistics from


  • Contributors CC developed the concept for the case report. CC prepared the initial manuscript. CC, DS, LR and JB revised and edited the manuscript. CC organised and prepared the final version of the manuscript. DS and LR are responsible for developing the initial treatment plan for the patient.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.