Minimally invasive versus open oesophagectomy for patients with oesophageal cancer: a multicentre, open-label, randomised controlled trial. Lancet 2012; 379: 1887-1892.

Published: 16th October 2012

Authors: Biere SS, Henegouwen MIVB, Maas KW, Bonavina L, Rosman C, Garcia JR et al. et al.


Some 115 patients with resectable tumours were included. Three patients died (one open, two minimally invasive). Patients who had minimally invasive surgery had a lower rate of pulmonary infection in the first fortnight (5 versus 16; relative risk 0.3, 95 per cent confidence interval 0.12 to 0.76, P=0.005).

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