Thoractomy - definition of thoractomy by The Free Dictionary
Surgical opening of the chest wall, either between the ribs or by splitting the breastbone, to gain access to lungs and heart.
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The closure of the patent ductus arteriosus without thoractomy
During the ensuing right thoractomy
a slightly bulging part of the tumor was observed just under the right tracheobronchial angle as showed in Fig.
After a few hours of stabilisation, our patient underwent a right thoractomy
Baudouin SV 2003 Lung injury after thoractomy
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