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Electrocauterización

Definición

Es el proceso de calentar tejidos con electricidad. El procedimiento se utiliza con frecuencia para detener hemorragias.

Nombres alternativos

Cauterización

Información

La electrocauterización (o electrocauterio) es un procedimiento seguro que se utiliza de manera rutinaria en intervenciones quirúrgicas para extirpar tejidos lesionados o indeseados. Igualmente, se puede utilizar para cauterizar y sellar vasos sanguíneos, lo cual ayuda a reducir o detener sangrados o hemorragias masivas.

Se utiliza una pequeña sonda con corriente eléctrica pasando a través de ella con el fin de cauterizar o destruir el tejido. Se coloca una almohadilla haciendo masa en el cuerpo de la persona (usualmente el muslo) antes de la cirugía para proteger al paciente.

Referencias

Roberts JR, Hedges JR. Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine. 4th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: WB Saunders; 2004;749-766.

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      Review Date: 8/11/2009

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