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Terapia con láser

Definición

Es cualquier tratamiento que utiliza haces intensos de luz para hacer cortes, cauterizar o destruir un tejido con precisión. El término láser es el acrónimo en inglés de "amplificación de luz mediante emisión estimulada de radiación".

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Información

El haz de luz láser se genera a partir de fuentes de radiación tan pequeñas y seguras que no ofrece riesgos para la salud del paciente ni del equipo médico.

El láser se utiliza para muchos propósitos médicos. Debido a que el haz de luz láser es tan pequeño y preciso, permite a los médicos tratar un tejido específico de una forma segura, sin lesionar el área circundante. El láser se puede usar para extirpar tumores o cauterizar vasos sanguíneos, al igual que durante una cirugía de los ojos.

Ver también: cirugía láser

Referencias

Ossoff RH, Garrett CG, Reinisch L. Laser surgery: Basic principles and safety considerations. In: Cummings CW, Flint PW, Haughey BH, et al, eds. Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery. 4th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2005:chap 7.

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      Review Date: 8/8/2009

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