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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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Caption: Figure 3 Removal of scar tissue attached to the distal femoral condylar locking plate using electrocautery device.
In this study we aimed to investigate how the endothelial wall and blood flow of radial artery (RA) are affected differently with the usages of ultrasonic scalpel and conventional electrocautery.
In conclusion, though the temperature of the HS probe is lower than that of laser and electrocautery apparatus, damaging and/or charring reinforced PVC ETT by the HS is still possible.
The warm-up exercises also led to a significant increase in proficiency in follow-up electrocautery performance of the fatigued group compared to baseline performance (p<0.
Treatment may be one of the following: conization; laser surgery; loop electrocautery excision procedure (LEEP); cryosurgery; and surgery to remove the cancerous area, cervix, and uterus (total abdominal or vaginal hysterectomy) for those women who cannot or do not want to have children.
Used with the recently released BIS Pediatric Sensor or BIS Sensor XP, the new BIS XP monitoring systems offer increased resistance to electrocautery artifact, enhanced performance in deep anesthetic states, and improved robustness to interference from noise sources, such as high-frequency motion artifact which occurs in the operating room and intensive care unit.
Unlike sharp instrument resection or biopsies, electrocautery introduces both high temperature as well as electrostatic fields, which may disrupt the cytoskeleton in such a way that keratin antigenicity is altered.
Surgical excision, laser ablation, cryotherapy and electrocautery have been used for the treatment of VV and recurrence is uncommon.
The forceps' ergonomic handles contain eight molded components, which include a central core with stainless steel inserts and a cone that transmits rotation and insulates against high voltage during electrocautery.
Just as clinicians must learn to use superior diagnostic and therapeutic technologies as they become available, such as antibiotics, anesthesia, electrocautery, insulin, chemotherapy, linear accelerators, and magnetic resonance imaging, so, too, must physician executives learn about standardized clinical lexicons and computer-based patient records, relational databases, data repositories for retrospective data analysis, telecommunication technologies, and the Internet.
Warts are currently being treated by freezing, electrocautery, surgery, laser removal, or drugs such as podophyllin, interferon, or trichloroacetic acid.
Hai sees significant benefits using laser therapy as an alternative to the traditional hot-loop electrocautery technique.