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exenterationSurgical oncology The excision of large blocks of tissue in a particular region–eg, pelvis, as required by extensive malignancy Types Anterior–en bloc removal of bladder, urethra, uterus and tissues lateral thereto, and upper 2/3 of the vagina; posterior–rarely indicated; total pelvic–used in Pts with stage IV cervical CA, with removal of bladder and rectum. See Commando operation, Hemipelvectomy, Heroic surgery, Hysterectomy.
exenterationTotal removal of all organs and other soft tissue from a bony cavity. Exenteration is a radical and mutilating procedure, performed only in extreme cases of cancer in which the only hope of survival is to attempt to remove all affected tissue. Exenteration is performed on the pelvis and the eye socket.
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