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Use of a device or chemical agent to coagulate or destroy tissue.



a medical treatment utilizing thermal, chemical, electric, or radiation burns. Cauterization is used to destroy such conditions as small skin tumors, warts, excessive granulations, and tattoos. It can be performed by diathermal coagulation, galvanocautery, chemical substances, or laser radiation. In surgical practice it is used to separate tissue and to stop bleeding (electric scalpel, laser beam). In the treatment of some inflammatory diseases, cauterizing agents in the form of a mustard plaster or ultraviolet radiation (quartz) serve a revulsive and reflex-therapeutic function.


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mediaeval torture instruments and surgical procedures like cauterisation of the sexual organs, infibularion, castration and clitoridectomy.
The main difference between cauterisation and cupping is that cauterisation targets veins whilst cupping focuses on the muscles.
Drainage and cauterisation of the endometrioma is not recommended owing to the high recurrence rate associated with this procedure.
In simple terms, it is either the soft palate becoming infirm, which can be treated quickly with a cauterisation of the palate, or the larynx not opening to full capacity; that can be cured with a Hobday, or in more severe cases, a tie-back operation.
ENT: laryngoscopy; DPP; grommets, toilet of ears; cauterisation, remove foreign body, polyp; reduction nose fracture; tonsillectomy & adenoidectomy (no longer sanctioned); tracheotomy F.
Erosion can be destroyed by cauterisation, cryosurgery (freezing), diathermy (heat destruction) or laser treatment, and healing afterwards is normal.
biopsies or cauterisation of tumours) are carried out with minimally invasive imaging techniques.
The treatment is simple and painless, using cauterisation, cryosurgery (freezing), diathermy (heat destruction) or laser treatment.
The trainer revealed: "The horse had a deteriorating wind problem last year, but we had him operated over the summer by a new procedure which involved cauterisation of the soft-palate.
The inflamed tissue of the cervix can be destroyed by cauterisation, cryosurgery (freezing), diathermy (heat destruction) or laser treatment.