Skip to Content

cricothyrotomy

Pronunciation: kri'ko-thi-rot'o-me

Definition: Incision through the skin and cricothyroid membrane for relief of respiratory obstruction; used before or in place of tracheotomy in certain emergency respiratory obstructions.

Synonym(s): cricothyroidotomy, inferior laryngotomy, intercricothyrotomy

[cricoid + thyroid + G. tome, incision]

See Also: coniotomy

Disclaimer: This site is designed to offer information for general educational purposes only. The health information furnished on this site and the interactive responses are not intended to be professional advice and are not intended to replace personal consultation with a qualified physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. You must always seek the advice of a professional for questions related to a disease, disease symptoms, and appropriate therapeutic treatments.
© Copyright 2017 Wolters Kluwer. All Rights Reserved. Review Date: Sep 19, 2016.
Hide