thoracostomy

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thoracostomy

 [thor″ah-kos´tah-me]

1. incision of the chest wall, with maintenance of the opening for drainage.

2.the incision so created.

Procedure for thoracostomy. If the procedure is done in an emergency, a local anesthetic is injected at the site of insertion of the thoracostomy tube (A) (if a general anesthetic is used, step A is not necessary). The incision is widened (B) and the tube inserted (C) and (D). To avoid accidental removal, it may be sutured in place (E). The free end of the tube is connected to a closed drainage system.

See illustration.

tho·ra·cos·to·my

(thō’ră-kos’tŏ-mē),

Establishment of an opening into the chest cavity, as for the drainage of an empyema.

[thoraco- + G. stoma, mouth]

thoracostomy

(thôr′ə-kŏs′tə-mē)n.

The surgical formation of an opening into the chest cavity, as for drainage.

tho·ra·cos·to·my

(thōr’ă-kos’tŏ-mē)

Establishment of an opening into the chest cavity, as for the drainage of an empyema.

[thoraco- + G. stoma, mouth]

tho·ra·cos·to·my

(thōr’ă-kos’tŏ-mē)

Establishment of an opening into the chest cavity.

[thoraco- + G. stoma, mouth]

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