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A tenaculum is a surgical instrument, usually classified as a type of forceps. It consists of a slender sharp-pointed hook attached to a handle and is used mainly in surgery for seizing and holding parts, such as blood vessels.
- Steadying the cervix and uterus, as is done during insertion of an intrauterine device or during a surgical abortion (although recent research indicates that an allis clamp may be better suited for those tasks, as it is less likely to cause bleeding complications).
- Seizing and holding arteries in various surgical procedures.
- Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary > tenaculum Retrieved August 2010
- Birth Control Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) Author: Omnia M Samra. Last Editorial Review: 5/18/2006
- Johnson, Lee; Johnson, Isaiah (May 2015). "Allis Compared With Tenaculum for Stabilization of the Cervix During IUD Placement: A Randomized Controlled Trial". Obstetrics & Gynecology. doi:10.1097/01.AOG.0000463550.01588.fd.
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