Crutchfield tongs

Crutch·field tongs

(krŭch'fēld tawngz)
Instrument to provide skull traction by immobilizing the cervical spine.

Crutchfield tongs

[William Gayle Crutchfield, U.S. surgeon, 1900–1972]
A traction device whose pins are inserted into the skull to distract and/or immobilize the neck. Crutchfield tongs are used to stabilize fractures of the cervical spine.


William G., U.S. neurosurgeon, 1900–.
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Crutchfield tongs embedded in my skull caused some visitors to faint and others to cry.