Surgical incision into the chest wall.
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- Techniques for pleurodesis include thoracotomy, thoracoscopy, chest tube insertion, and thoracentesis.
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- 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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