electrodesiccation


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electrodesiccation

 [e-lek″tro-des″ĭ-ka´shun]
a type of electrosurgery that desiccates tissue by dehydration, which employs a spark gap type of generator to produce a highly or moderately damped alternating electrical current. It is usually used to remove small superficial growths on the skin.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

e·lec·tro·des·ic·ca·tion

(ē-lek'trō-des'i-kā'shŭn),
Destruction of lesions or sealing off of blood vessels (usually of the skin, but also of available surfaces of mucous membrane) by monopolar high-frequency electric current.
[electro- + L. desicco, to dry up]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

electrodesiccation

Surgery The drying of tissue by a high-frequency electric current applied with a needle-shaped electrode. See Dissection.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

e·lec·tro·des·ic·ca·tion

(ĕ-lek'trō-des-i-kā'shŭn)
Destruction of lesions or sealing off of blood vessels (usually of the skin, but also of available surfaces of mucous membrane) by monopolar high-frequency electric current.
[electro- + L. desicco, to dry up]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

Electrodesiccation

To make dry, dull, or lifeless with the use of electrical current.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Electrodesiccation (e-LEK-tro-des-i-KAY-shun): Use of an electric current to destroy cancerous tissue and control bleeding.
Several treatment modalities have been used, including intralesional corticosteroid injections, interferon a2b, cytotoxic agents, cryotherapy and electrodesiccation. We did not perform any active treatment (i.e., either systemic corticosteroid administration or excision) because the patient lacked any disabling symptoms and did not prefer such treatment.
Effectiveness of curettage and electrodesiccation in the removal of basal cell carcinoma.
TREATMENT: No treatment is needed for pearly penile papules, although it is possible to ablate them with a carbon dioxide laser or use electrodesiccation with curettage.
Curettage and electrodesiccation is a process that removes the lesion by scraping it with a curette.
"Clearance rates are comparable to or better than other topical modalities such as electrodesiccation and curettage and topical imiquimod.
[8] Topical atropine or scopolamine electrodesiccation carbon dioxide laser and pulse dye laser have been used with good results.
Various therapeutic modalities have been used for BD of the nail, including electrodesiccation and curettage, 5% fluorouracil cream (Efudex), cryosurgery, and radiotherapy.
(8) Chemotherapy and electrodesiccation have been tried, but their role is limited.
The lesions were present against a background of multiple actinic keratoses, and were removed by electrodesiccation and curettage.
Other treatments--such as curettage (scraping away of diseased tissue), electrodesiccation (destroying diseased tissue by electric current), cryosurgery (freezing diseased tissue), radiation therapy, and standard surgical excision--are considered effective for some skin cancers.