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What is the thoracoabdominal approach to adrenal surgery?

For very large tumors or cancers growing into other organs or spreading into the veins that drain the adrenal gland, the thoracoabdominal approach may be the best approach. This technique uses an incision that runs through both the abdomen and the chest. This approach may cause more post-operative pain and pulmonary (lung) complications and is typically only used for very large, advanced cancers.
 

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