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Caldwell-Luc operation

noun Cald·well-Luc operation \ ˈkȯld-ˌwel-ˈlük-, ˈkäld-, -ˈlᵫ̅k- \
variants: or Caldwell-Luc procedure

medical Definition of Caldwell-Luc operation

: a surgical procedure used especially for clearing a blocked or infected maxillary sinus that involves entering the sinus through the mouth by way of an incision into the canine fossa above a canine tooth, cleaning the sinus, and creating a new and enlarged opening for drainage through the nose

Biographical Note for caldwell-luc operation

  • Luc \lᵫ̅k\, Henri (1855–1925), French laryngologist. Luc is credited with devising several surgical procedures involving the sinuses and with developing various surgical instruments. His description of what is now known as the Caldwell-Luc operation was published in 1889, predating Caldwell's by four years.

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