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Electrosurgery in gastrointestinal endoscopy: principles to practice.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19491874     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
An electrosurgery generator unit is a critical piece of equipment in any therapeutic endoscopy setting. Electrosurgery generators produce high-frequency alternating electric current and differ from electrocautery units in that both cutting and coagulation effects can be achieved. This ability to cut and coagulate at the same time makes electrosurgery an ideal therapeutic tool for gastrointestinal endoscopy. Although education and familiarity with these devices are accepted as the primary avenue to the safest and most effective clinical outcomes, concise information linking the basic properties of electrosurgery directly to clinical practice is not widespread. The following are the aims of this article: (i) to relate the fundamental electrosurgical principles to commonly performed procedures such as snare polypectomy, hot biopsy, sphincterotomy, bipolar hemostasis, and argon plasma coagulation, and (ii) to provide practical suggestions for the use of these devices on the basis of an understanding of electrosurgical principles and the available clinical data.
Marcia L Morris; Robert D Tucker; Todd H Baron; Louis M Wong Kee Song
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2009-04-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of gastroenterology     Volume:  104     ISSN:  1572-0241     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Gastroenterol.     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-03     Completed Date:  2009-06-23     Revised Date:  2009-12-07    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0421030     Medline TA:  Am J Gastroenterol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1563-74     Citation Subset:  IM    
Medical Service Associates Inc., Maplewood, Minnesota, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Electrosurgery / methods*
Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal / methods*
Gastrointestinal Diseases / surgery*
Comment In:
Am J Gastroenterol. 2009 Dec;104(12):3111-2   [PMID:  19956141 ]

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