Surgical incision into the chest wall.
- Techniques for pleurodesis include thoracotomy, thoracoscopy, chest tube insertion, and thoracentesis.
- Some benefit has been observed when using epidural opiates alone for mastectomy, thoracotomy, extremity surgery and lower abdominal surgery.
- The patient was subsequently referred to our hospital, where he underwent thoracotomy with left upper lobectomy and partial pericardiectomy.
Late 19th century: from Greek thōrax, thorāc- 'chest' + -tomy.
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