- Surgical incision in an eschar (necrotic dermis) to lessen constriction, especially after a circumferential third degree burn of an extremity or the thorax. [eschar + G. tome, incision]
* * *es·cha·rot·o·my (es″kə-rotґə-me) surgical incision of the constricting eschar of a circumferentially burned limb in order to permit the cut edges to separate and restore blood flow to unburned tissue distal to the eschar.
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