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Short description: Medical term for an opening or cut of an artery wall

Arteriotomy (or arterotomy) is a medical term for an opening or cut of an artery wall.[1] It is a common step in many vascular surgical procedures and operations. The corresponding term for an incision into a vein is a venotomy.

Either a transverse or a longitudinal incision can be made (with respect to the direction of the artery), depending on the situation. The incision is typically made with a scalpel and extended with surgical scissors.[2]

See also


  1. Kirk, R. M.; Winslet, Marc C. (2007) (in en). Essential General Surgical Operations. Elsevier Health Sciences. p. 261. ISBN 978-0443103148. Retrieved 8 November 2017. 
  2. Wahlberg, Eric; Goldstone, Jerry (2017) (in en). Emergency Vascular Surgery: A Practical Guide. Springer. p. 201. ISBN 9783662540190. Retrieved 8 November 2017.