Pennington clamp

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A Pennington clamp, also known as a Duval clamp, is a surgical clamp with a triangular eyelet.[1] Used for grasping tissue, particularly during intestinal and rectal operations. Also used in some OB/GYN procedures, particularly caesarian section. Under the name 'Duval clamp' they are occasionally used much like a Foerster clamp to atraumatically grasp lung tissue. The clamp is named after David Geoffrey Pennington, an Australian surgeon who is a pioneer of microsurgeries.

Non-medical uses[edit]

It is commonly used in body piercing to hold the skin in place, and guide the needle through it.

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  1. ^ Schneider, Armin; Feussner, Hubertus (2017). Biomedical Engineering in Gastrointestinal Surgery. Academic Press. p. 229. ISBN 9780128032312. Retrieved 7 March 2018.