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clamshell incision


Definition: incision made up of bilateral submammary anterior thoracotomies connected by a transverse sternotomy and providing access similar to that of a standard sternotomy.

Synonym(s): clamshell thoracotomy

See Also: transverse thoracosternotomy

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