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

/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.