Combined dilator and pulmonary valvulotome, London, England, 1945-1955

Made:
1945-1955 in London
maker:
Genito-Urinary Manufacturing Company Limited

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Combined dilator and pulmonary valvulotome, with metal handle, made by Genito-Urinary Co., London, 1945-1955

A valvulotome is an instrument for cutting a valve. This example was developed to cut open valves in the heart that have become closed and constricted due to infection or illness. This condition is known medically as stenosis. The condition can be caused by malformation of the foetus during pregnancy or infections that affect heart valves, such as rheumatic fever.

Made by the Genito-Urinary Manufactureing Co Ltd, this valvulotome is combined with a dilator, which will further open up the restricted valve. Scratched into the side are the words 'GUYS THEATRE' indicating the valvulotome belonged to the operating theatre of Guy’s Hospital in London, England.

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Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
1980-693 Pt3
Materials:
metal (plated), steel
type:
valvulotome
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
credit:
Brock, Baron Brock, Russell Claude
status:
Permanent collection

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