Tumor in a Tough Spot: Robotically Assisted Resection of a Pleural Myopericytoma (Video)

90-second recap of a rare procedure

A woman presents with a tumor growing from the underside of the subclavian artery — a rare entity known as pleural myopericytoma. The tumor is densely adherent to the subclavian artery and close to the brachial plexus, making resection challenging.

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In this 90-second intraoperative video, Cleveland Clinic thoracic surgeon Usman Ahmad, MD, walks us through the essentials of the patient’s robotically assisted resection — a procedure for which data are sparse in the setting of pleural myopericytoma. Full details of the case were recently reported in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.