McBurney's incision

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A muscle splitting abdominal incision employed in appendectomy.

Description

McBurney’s incision is a muscle splitting abdominal incision employed in appendectomy. It parallels the course of the external oblique muscle, 2,5 to 5,1 cm from the anterior superior spine of the right ilium, through the external oblique to the internal oblique and transversalis, separating their fibres. Proposed and described by McBurney in 1894.

Bibliography

  • C. McBurney:
    Experience with early operative interference in cases of disease of the vermiform appendix.
    New York Medical Journal, 1888, 47: 57-61. Experience with early operative interference in cases of disease of the vermiform appendix.
    New York Medical Journal, 1889, 50: 676-684.

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