clamshell incision

clamshell incision

incision made up of bilateral submammary anterior thoracotomies connected by a transverse sternotomy and providing access similar to that of a standard sternotomy.
See also: transverse thoracosternotomy.
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clam·shell in·ci·sion

, clamshell thoracotomy (klam'shel in-sizh'ŭn, thōr-ă-kot'ŏ-mē)
Incision made up of bilateral submammary anterior thoracotomies connected by a transverse sternotomy and providing access similar to that of a standard sternotomy.
See also: transverse thoracosternotomy
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