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Definition of Mediastinotomy

Mediastinotomy: A procedure in which the doctor inserts a tube into the chest to view the organs in the mediastinum. The tube is inserted through an incision next to the breastbone.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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