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Laser Plume Articles

  • Bovie Smoke - A Perilous Plume

    Bovie Smoke - A Perilous Plume When analyzed, smoke from electrosurgical units, commonly known as Bovie smoke, is shown to be quite similar to that of other potentially pathogenic smoke, behaving as a carcinogen, a mutagen and an infectious vector. In addition, particulate matter in smoke is known to have health risks related to inducing inflammatory and allergic responses in susceptible people. Read More
  • Cytotoxicity Of Electrosurgical Smoke

    Cytotoxicity Of Electrosurgical Smoke The effect on cell viability of smoke produced during high - frequency electro - surgery has not been previously reported. The aim of this study was to produce smoke in vitro , in a closed environment similar to that encountered in minimal access surgery , and to test its cytotoxic effects on cultured cells. Read More
  • Effects of Plume Produced by the Nd YAG Laser

    Effects of Plume Produced by the Nd YAG Laser Lasers have assumed an increasingly important role in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery in the past 10 years, with numerous studies in the literature supporting the use of this modality of treatment for various head and neck diseases. Relatively little data, however, exist regarding the effects of the smoke or plume byproducts resulting from this surgery. Read More
  • Generation of Infectious Retrovirus Aerosol Through Medical Laser Irradiation

    Generation of Infectious Retrovirus Aerosol Through Medical Laser Irradiation A novel model system was used to investigate the spread of infectious particles and live cells through the application of lasers commonly used in clinical medicine. Supernatants from a cell line producing recombinant retroviruses carrying a marker gene were exposed to ER:YAG laser bearms. Read More
  • Human Papillomavirus DNA in CO2 Laser Generated Plume Of Smoke

    Human Papillomavirus DNA in CO2 Laser Generated Plume Of Smoke Carbon dioxide laser energy is absorbed by intracellular water but not by proteins or nucleic acids. The possibility of dispersing viral DNA during laser therapy of human papillomavirus containing genital infections was explored using a filter hybridization technique. Samples were taken using dacron swabs from 110 patients in nine separate treatment sessions as wll as from five pre-filter canisters. Read More
  • In Vitro Production Of Viable Bacteriophage In A Laser Plume

    In Vitro Production Of Viable Bacteriophage In A Laser Plume The potential hazards of aerosols produced by surgical devices interacting with human tissue and fluids are a source of concern to surgical staff and patients. Typical devices and procedures that can generate airborne debris are bone saws, surgical drills, electrocautery procedures, and laser surgery. Read More
  • Infectious Palliomavirus In The Vapor Of Warts

    Infectious Palliomavirus In The Vapor Of Warts Papillomavirus DNA has been reported recently in the vapor (smoke plume) derived from warts treated with carbon dioxide laser; this raises concerns for operator saftey. We therefore have studied a group of human and bovine warts to define further the potential risk of wart therapy and to test whether a surgical mask could reduce exposure. Read More
  • Laryngeal Papillomatosis With Human Papillomavirus DNA Contracted By A Laser Surgeon

    Laryngeal Papillomatosis With Human Papillomavirus DNA Contracted By A Laser Surgeon The possibility that laser surgeons might inhale virus particles from laser vapor during the removal of certain lesions has been pointed out by several authors. The risk, however, is regarded as being low, provided adequate precautions are taken. Safety procedures related to eye protection, smoke evacuator systems, etc. have been established. Read More
  • Laser Smoke And Hemoglobin Oxidation At Laparoscopy

    Laser Smoke And Hemoglobin Oxidation At Laparoscopy These data demonstrate the elevation in blood methemoglodin level occurs acutely due to a smoke component of tissue combustion produced by laser use during laparoscopic procedures. The effect of this prolongs intra-abdominal smoke exposure is seen in some patients as post operative nausea, dizziness and visual disturbances. Increased levels of methemoglobin reduce oxygen carrying capacity to tissues, locally and at distant sites. Read More
  • Laser Smoke Plume Adsorption Via The Peritoneum At Laparoscopy

    Laser Smoke Plume Adsorption Via The Peritoneum At Laparoscopy Laproscopic procedures which generate smoke confine this toxic material to the intra-abdominal cavity. Absorption of portions of this material may occur via the peritoneal absorption. To evaluate whether smoke generated by by this process is absorbed, a study of changes in blood concentration of methemoglobin was designed. Read More
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