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Definition : Instruments designed to temporarily secure tissues or organs by catching and/or pulling them during dissection, excision, and/or to perform other procedures with minimal trauma. Hooks are handheld manual instruments with a shank bent near the distal end (usually at angles from 135 to 180 degrees) and have a blunt or sharp tip; hooks typically include a handle at the proximal end. Some hooks (also known as forks) include two or more prongs at the distal tip. Dedicated hooks are available for surgical, post-mortem, and biopsy procedures. Hooks may be used as manual retractors in some surgical procedures.

Entry Terms : "Hooks, Other"

UMDC code : 12028

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