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February 7, 1931


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JAMA. 1931;96(6):440-441. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.27220320002008a

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The employment of a meatome is the most efficient as well as the simplest method of performing a meatotomy. Meatotomy is frequently necessary in many instances prior to intra-urethral examination or before treatment can be instituted. Because of its frequency and necessity in such cases, it should be done in a simple but accurate manner. The common method, in both office and operating room, depends on the use of a straight, blunt bistoury. Such a method may be satisfactory in the hands of the highly skilful operator but is never exact. Meatotomy often subjects the patient to considerable discomfort when the meatus is not opened as widely as necessary at the time of the original incision. Such a failure, in cutting the meatus insufficiently, makes it imperative to enlarge the opening by subsequent incision. At the other extreme, an incision that is too large will result in excessive bleeding. The

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