from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A curved, blunt-pointed rod with an eye at the point, used for passing a ligature around an artery which it is desired to obliterate in the treatment of aneurism.
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An ordinary aneurism-needle will generally suffice for the conveyance of the ligature.
A small portion of the artery being thoroughly separated from the sheath, the aneurism-needle must be passed from without inwards to avoid the vein, and keep as close to the artery as possible to avoid the vagus.
The simplest seems still to be best, a common aneurism-needle with a considerable curve.
The operator should then, by pressing the peritoneum and its contents gently inwards, endeavour to see the vessel; if, from the depth of the pelvis, this cannot be done, the sense of touch will be in most cases sufficient to enable him to isolate the artery by the point of his finger-nail, or by the blunt aneurism-needle, from the vein.
The right innominate vein and right pneumogastric are in close contact with the artery on the right side; to avoid them the aneurism-needle must be entered on the outside
I next cut through the lessor pectoral muscle close up to the clavicle, and holding the upper end of the vessel between my finger and thumb, passed an aneurism-needle, so as to apply a ligature about half an inch above the orifice. "[