Indications ■ Patients with adenocarcinoma of the distal esophagus (Barrett's carcinoma)
■ Age limit: This method can be successfully performed in patients up to the age of 80years
Contraindications ■ Status after thyroid resection or patients in which the cervical esophagus and/or the upper mediastinum may be difficult to access (status after radiation therapy for subsequent oropharyngeal tumors) ■ Preoperative detection of enlarged peritumoral or mediastinal lymph nodes (^ transthoracic en bloc resection)
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