thoracotomy

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thoracotomy

 [thor″ah-kot´ah-me]
incision of the chest wall; see also thoracic surgery. Called also pleuracotomy and pleurotomy.

tho·ra·cot·o·my

(thō'ră-kot'ŏ-mē),
Incision through the chest wall into the pleural space.
Synonym(s): pleurotomy
[thoraco- + G. tomē, incision]

thoracotomy

(thôr′ə-kŏt′ə-mē)
n. pl. thoracoto·mies
Surgical incision of the chest wall.

thoracotomy

Surgery An operation to open the chest and to directly access the mediastinum to visualize, biopsy, or treat Indications Lesions inaccessible by, or too large for, mediastinoscopy or mediastinotomy; open cardiac massage. See Mediastinoscopy, Mediastinotomy, Open lung biopsy.

tho·ra·cot·o·my

(thōr'ă-kot'ŏ-mē)
Incision into the chest wall.
Synonym(s): pleurotomy.
[thoraco- + G. tomē, incision]
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thoracotomy

(thō″răk-ŏt′ō-mē) [″ + tome, incision]
Surgical incision of the chest wall.
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thoracotomy

A surgical opening in the chest wall made to gain access to the interior. Most thoracotomies are made between the ribs but access to the heart usually involves splitting the breastbone vertically and prizing the halves apart.

Thoracotomy

Open chest surgery.
Mentioned in: Thoracoscopy