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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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Following surgical cauterisation of the superficial temporal and occipital arteries bilaterally, the frequency of her seizures dropped to three per week.
31) She shows that belief in spermatorrhoea as a real disease was widely held by the medical profession and not just the obsession of a few cranks; she points out that "cures" were often modelled on treatments originally devised for uterine disorders, including the insertion of needles into the perineum and testicles, and the urethral cauterisation recommend ed by Lallemand, favoured by Acton and widely employed in both Britain and the USA.
In recent years, managing epistaxis with nasal endoscopy and cauterisation has helped patients from the discomfort of nasal packing and complications thereafter.
Drainage and cauterisation of the endometrioma is not recommended owing to the high recurrence rate associated with this procedure.
Cupping "Hijamah", and cauterisation are effective techniques for dealing with a variety of ailments, particularly back pain.
A study of chemical cauterisation of tympanic membrane perforation by using trichloroacetic acid.
endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) combined with choroid plexus cauterisation (CPC), in order to remove another barrier, i.
A small patch of fragile blood vessels just inside the nostril can be eradicated using cauterisation.
ENT: laryngoscopy; DPP; grommets, toilet of ears; cauterisation, remove foreign body, polyp; reduction nose fracture; tonsillectomy & adenoidectomy (no longer sanctioned); tracheotomy F.
These women made invaluable contributions to their communities by treating different kinds of wounds, sores and diseases, especially cancerous cases using herbs and cauterisation techniques.
By late afternoon, the president was admitted for a second time to a Brussels hospital, this one specialising in Ear, Nose and Throat ailments, to undergo a nasal cauterisation.
It was only a small procedure, the cauterisation of a palate.