Totally Laparoscopic Transhiatal Approach to Resection of a Lower Esophageal Posterior Mediastinal Foregut Duplication Cyst

Scott Wessner, DO, Nicholas Houlis, DO, Sathyaprasad Burjonrappa, MD, MS, FRCS(Ed), FACS

Department of Surgery, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson, NJ, USA (all authors). Department of Surgery, Childrens Hospital of New Jersey, Maplewood, NJ, USA (Dr. Burjonrappa).


Management of intrathoracic foregut duplication cysts has traditionally involved a thoracotomy. Recently thoracoscopic approaches have been successfully described in the management of this condition. We describe the first laparoscopic transhiatal approach to the management of an intrathoracic duplication cyst in the pediatric population.

Key Words: Esophageal duplication cyst, Foregut duplication cyst, Laparoscopy, Transhiatal.

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