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The coagulation of tissue by means of a high-frequency electric current.
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a therapeutic method of cauterizing tissues with a high-frequency (diathermic) current received from special electron-tube generators. The method is used in the treatment of some tumors, erosions, and inflammatory processes, as well as to stop bleeding during operations. Depending on the purpose and the segment subject to electrocoagulation, active electrodes of different shapes (needle, disk, sphere, and loop) are used to permit cautery, coagulation, or dissection of tissues.

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