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A uvulotomy or staphylotomy is any cutting operation performed on the uvula.[1]

The procedure was performed in European medieval medicine. The Norwegian Eiríkr Hákonarson bled to death following such an operation.[2]

Uvulotomy is employed in folk medicine in Tigray.[3]

In the 19th century uvulotomy came to be used as a treatment for snoring.[4] See uvulopalatopharyngoplasty.

Its CPT 2009 code is "42140, Uvulectomy".


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  2. ^ Finlay 2004, p. 133.
  3. ^ Ethnomed.
  4. ^ Oommen 1988, p. 18.
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  • Mathew, Oommen P. et al. (1988). Respiratory Function of the Upper Airway'. Marcel Dekker. ISBN 0-8247-7802-2
  • Uvulotomy Biology Online entry
  • Tigrean Cultural Profile EthnoMed article