A single-blind controlled study of electrocautery and ultrasonic scalpel smoke plumes in laparoscopic surgery

  title={A single-blind controlled study of electrocautery and ultrasonic scalpel smoke plumes in laparoscopic surgery},
  author={James Edward Frankland Fitzgerald and Momin Malik and Irfan Ahmed},
  journal={Surgical Endoscopy},
BackgroundSurgical smoke containing potentially carcinogenic and irritant chemicals is an inevitable consequence of intraoperative energized dissection. Different energized dissection methods have not been compared directly in human laparoscopic surgery or against commonly encountered pollutants. This study undertook an analysis of carcinogenic and irritant volatile hydrocarbon concentrations in electrocautery and ultrasonic scalpel plumes compared with cigarette smoke and urban city air… 
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