anterolateral thoracotomy

anterolateral thoracotomy

a surgical technique in which entry to the chest is made with an incision below the breast but above the costal margins. The incision involves the pectoralis, serratus anterior, and intercostal muscles. Compare median sternotomy, posterolateral thoracotomy.
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If the patient presents in extremis, an anterolateral thoracotomy remains the recommended approach to achieve control and stabilise the patient.
Surgical exploration via an anterolateral thoracotomy showed a viscous loculated material compressing the right ventricle and the right atrium anterolaterally along with a thickened pericardium.
Anterolateral thoracotomy is the standard approach to the thoracolumbar spine and this requires an opening in the pleural cavity.
Other approaches have been used, including the 1) left anterolateral thoracotomy with mammary and proximal ascending aorta connection, 2) right anterolateral thoracotomy with proximal ascending aorta connection and distal right coronary artery anastomosis, 3) posterolateral thoracotomy with proximal descending aorta connection, and 4) partial sternotomy for the mammary left anterior descending (LAD) artery anastomosis.

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