Sheldon Clamp


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The Sheldon Clamp, intended only for infant circumcision, latched shut thus crushing the blood vessels within the prepuce. Care was needed by the operator to ensure that the glans did not become trapped in the clamp. Excision followed after a few minutes.

The design made no attempt to align the cut with the angle of the coronal rim of the glans. It appears not to offer any significant advantage over the forceps-guided technique.

Photo - Sheldon Clamp (57,435 bytes)
Sheldon clamp, seen at the crushing phase of the procedure


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USA flag (316 bytes) Free Patents Online logo (1687 bytes) record for US Patent number 2,686,521.

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