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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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Some of the newer instruments have the ability to both cut and cauterize tissue, providing a surgeon with the control of a scalpel in the same instrument that can also cauterize to control bleeding.
2] laser at 10 ms, 2 W, and 30 m] defocused was used to cauterize the small peripheral vasculature.
According to Lewis, his technology could lead to such innovations as cell phone-size devices that military medics could carry to cauterize bleeding wounds, or dental machines to enable the body to instantly absorb locally injected anesthetic.
Sometimes the doctor will cauterize your nose, which involves having bleeding vessels sealed with chemical solution or a heating device.
Crum says that HIFU could heat tissue to 80[degrees]C--high enough to cauterize a blood vessel and stop the bleeding.
The main idea is to find the spot that's causing the rapid heartbeats and cauterize it," McClelland said.
Procedure time is greatly reduced not only because of the long seal length but also because surgeons do not have to reseal and cauterize due to leaks.
Tenders are invited for Absorbable Hemoststic, Soft Lightweight, Layered Oxidized Regenerated Cellulose Which Provides A Matrix For Platelets Adhesion And Aggregation By Melting Into Bleeding Tissue With Ability To Cauterize And Suction Directly Through The Material, Size 2 Inch X 4 Inch 10 Foils / Box
A look ahead at military medicine of the future, including an ultrasound system for combat units that would locate and cauterize internal wounds -- a device being tested for DARPA by Stanford faculty and researchers.
Doctors who perform ``bloodless'' operations do so through the use of surgical instruments which, in some cases, cauterize as they cut; medications that slow bleeding and promote clotting; cell saver or ``blood recycler'' machines; and operating techniques like minimal-access surgery.
Only about 15 percent of cases of wet macular degeneration are treatable using the only current technology available--laser light to cauterize the rogue vessels to stanch the flow.