from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Surgical incision into the stomach.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any form of incision into the stomach

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cutting into, or opening of, the abdomen or the stomach.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In surgery:
  • n. The operation of cutting into the stomach.
  • n. Laparotomy.


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  • Additional procedures can be done, such as gastrotomy, which obviates the NG tube and decreases the risk of recurrent volvulus.

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  • After it had been lodged in this position for seven weeks and two days gastrotomy was performed, and the knife extracted; the patient recovered.

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  • Journal for 1825 12.147 there is an account of a juggler who swallowed a knife which remained in his stomach and caused such intense symptoms that gastrotomy was advised; the patient, however, refused operation.

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  • The records of injuries of this nature extend back many hundred years, and even in the earlier days the delicate operation of gastrotomy, sometimes with a successful issue, was performed upon persons who had swallowed knives.

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  • Wilson 12.164 mentions an instance of gastrotomy which was performed for the extraction of a fork swallowed sixteen years before.

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  • De Diemerbroeck * [304] mentions the fact that a knife ten inches long was extracted by gastrotomy, and placed among the rarities in the anatomic chamber of the University at Leyden.

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  • Two weeks later, gastroperitoneal symptoms presented, and as the stick was located, gastrotomy was proposed; the patient, however, would not consent to an operation.

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  • Bell 12.142 of Davenport, Iowa, performed gastrotomy on a man, who, while attempting a feat of legerdemain, allowed a bar of lead, 10 1/8 inches long, 1 1/2 inches wide, and 9 1/2 ounces in weight, to slip into his stomach.

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  • Billroth 12.177 mentions an instance of gastrotomy for the removal of swallowed artificial teeth, with recovery; and another case in which a successful esophagotomy was performed.

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