cautery

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cautery,

searing or destruction of living animal tissue by use of heat or caustic chemicals. In the past, cauterization of open wounds, even those following amputation of a limb, was performed with hot irons; this served to close off the bleeding vessels as well as to discourage infection. In modern times cautery is used only on small lesions, e.g., to close off a bleeding point in the nasal mucous membrane or to eradicate a wart or other benign lesion. This is accomplished either by the application of a caustic substance such as nitric acid, or by the use of an electrically charged platinum wire (electrocautery).

cautery

[′kȯd·ə·rē]
(medicine)
Any agent or device used to coagulate or destroy tissue by means of heat, cold, electric current, or caustic chemicals.
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Conclusion: Electrocautery and chemical cautery with 50% silver nitrate both are equally effective procedures to control anterior epistaxis if the bleeding point is visible and small.
An evaluation of a chemical cautery agent and an anti-inflammatory ointment for the treatment of recurrent aphthous stomatitis: a pilot study.
Granulation tissue is an important pathogenic feature of all types of chronic ear disease, and it can be controlled and treated with good aural toilet, appropriate antibiotic therapy, topical steroids, and chemical cautery or surgical debridement.
Apart from the fact that multiple sittings is required which is a disadvantage, this procedure of chemical cautery of the tympanic membrane perforation is a relatively safe, simple, and economical technique.
When physician care is necessary for chronic epistaxis, treatment usually consists of electrical or chemical cautery under topical anesthesia.
Conservative (non-surgical) treatment included cauterization of the bleeding site using chemical cautery, anterior nasal packing and posterior nasal packing.