wedge resection

Pronunciation: (wej ree-SEK-shun)

Surgery to remove a triangle-shaped slice of tissue. It may be used to remove a tumor and a small amount of normal tissue around it.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Wedge resection of the lung. Part of the lung lobe containing the cancer and a small amount of healthy tissue around it is removed.

2003-07-26 Date last modified: 2009-10-05