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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

/tho·ra·cot·o·my/ (-kot´ah-me) pleurotomy; incision of the chest wall.

thoracotomy

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

thoracotomy

[thôr′əkot′əmē]
Etymology: Gk, thorax + temnein, to cut
a surgical opening into the thoracic cavity. See also anterolateral thoracotomy, median sternotomy, posterolateral thoracotomy.

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

thoracotomy

incision of the chest wall; may be intercostal, by rib resection or trans-sternal.

transsternal thoracotomy
the usual intercostal incision is extended across the sternum to the opposite intercostal space. Used when very wide exposure to the thorax is required.
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Prior to initiation of this study, Institutional Review Board approval was obtained to complete a retrospective medical record review for all patients undergoing thoracotomy or VATS for pneumothorax from January 1, 2000 to January 1, 2013 at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.
observed that in patients suffering from pleuritic chest pain caused by benign or malignant disease, intrapleural block relatively stables the blood hemodynamic status within a painful stimulus during thoracotomy.
Overall, 188(88%) patients with partial pneumothorax were applied tube thoracostomy, and 26(12%) had thoracotomy/thoracoscopic surgery; 82 (78%) subtotal pneumothorax patients were treated with tube thoracostomy; 23(22%) had thoracotomy/thoracoscopic surgery; 145(71%) total pneumothorax patients got tube thoracostomy, and 59(29%) underwent thoracotomy/thoracoscopic surgery, 143(98%) patients with a traumatic pneumothorax had tube thoracostomy, and 3(2%) had thoracotomy.
9) Transthoracic echocardiography can be performed in the emergency department and has demonstrated excellent reliability in patients who received penetrating cardiac injury treated with emergency thoracotomy.
With regard to alternative approaches, while open thoracotomy is an option, there has been a reported death during attempted resection of a mediastinal tumour in a neonate via a thoracotomy.
Six days after this second admission he undergoes a thoracotomy with wedge resection and decortication.
I was then placed under the UHW and had a thoracotomy operation on my lung to remove the mass.
Biggie Smalls was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead after an emergency thoracotomy.
3) Traditional therapy for a recurrent tracheo-oesophageal fistula (RTF) involves a repeat thoracotomy, with its associated risks and significant morbidity.
Development of an air leak is not an unusual occurrence for a patient with a thoracotomy (Cerfolio & Bryant, 2008).
1%) patients, thoracotomy was done to remove the foreign body.
While thoracotomy remains the gold standard of treatment, this approach carries significant risk of complication in certain populations (3,5).