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surgical danger zone  

SURGERY

A highly nonspecific user- and context-determined term.

In 1891*, the pregnant uterus was considered a surgical danger zone due to the risk of air embolism.

*The Medical Standard, Volumes 9-10, GP Engelhard & Co, 1891, p137 

A more recent usage* of the term “surgical danger zone” refers to anatomic regions rife with vessels and nerves in which only the foolhardy would willingly venture without a map, pith helmet and a malpractice attorney on speed dial. 

*http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1128404-overview#aw2aab6b3

Other danger zones include the nasal and periorbital regions.

The term is probably best not used. 

 

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