The Left Thoracoabdominal Incision

Richard F. Heitmiller

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The left thoracoabdominal incision is approaching its first century of use. Its history is reviewed. The incision provides wide exposure of the spleen, stomach, left hemidiaphragm, aorta, and esophagus; exposure is not limited to the distal esophagus. Because of the superb exposure it offers, its wide clinical application, and its overall safety, the thoracoabdominal incision should continue to be a viable surgical option in current thoracic surgical practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)250-253
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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