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Evaluation of the Risk of Infection Through Exposure to Aerosols and Splatters in Dentistry

Maria Luisa Cristina, PhD; Anna Maria Spagnolo, BScD; Marina Sartini, PhD; Maurizio Dallera, BScD; Gianluca Ottria, BScD; Roberto Lombardi, PhD; Fernanda Perdelli, PhD; Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology; 5/2008

Categories: Dentistry

Many dental procedures produce extensive aerosols and spatters that are routinely contaminated with microorganisms. This study revealed contamination of both air and surfaces by blood particulate. Furthermore, with the exception of one sample, the…

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Generations of Infectious Retrovirus Aerosol Through Medical Laser Irradiation

Benedikt L. Ziegler, MD; Christian A. Thomas, MD; Thomas Meier, PhD; Robert Muller, PhD; Theodor M. Fliedner, MD; Lothar Weber, MD, PhD; Lasers in Surgery & Medicine, Vol 23; 1/1998

Categories: General, Laser, OB/GYN

Lasers have many applications in medicine. Although laser beams may come in contact with infectious or neoplastic tissues, the risk of infections or inadvertent dissemination of neoplastic cells through laser plume or vapors is thought to be negligible.

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Harmful Gasses Produced During Transurethral Resection Of The Prostate And Vaporization

Chung YJ; Lee SK; Han SH; Zhao C; Kim MK; Park SC; Park JK ; The Japanese Urological Association; 1/2010

Categories: Electrosurgery, Urology

A total of 12 smoke samples were collected from a continuous irrigation suction drainage system to a Tenax adsorber at a 0.05L/min flow rate during TURP and vaporization. The gasses were quantitatively and qualitatively analyzed by gas chromatography-mass…

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HPV Positive Tonsillar Cancer in Two Laser Surgeons: Case Reports

Margo Rioux, Andrea Garland, Duncan Webster and Edward Reardon; Journal of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, 42:54; 1/2013

Categories: Dermatology, Plastic

A 53 year-old male gynecologist presented with human papillomavirus (HPV) 16 positive tonsillar squamous cell carcinoma. He had no identifiable risk factors with the exception of long term occupational exposure to laser plumes, having performed laser…

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Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 (HIV-1) in the Vapors of Surgical Power Instruments

Johnson GK; Robinson WS; Journal of Medical Virology; 1/1991

Categories: Orthopedic

Cool vapors and aerosols produced by several common surgical power instruments and hot smoke plumes generated with electrocautery on known HIV-1 inoculated blood were gently bubbled through sterile viral culture media.

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Human Papillomavirus DNA in CO2 Laser Generated Plume of Smoke and Its Consequences to the Surgeon

Alex Ferenczy, MD; Christine Bergeron, MD; Ralph M. Richart, MD; Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol 75, No 1; 1/1990

Categories: OB/GYN

Carbon dioxide laser energy is absorbed by intracellular water but not by proteins or nucleic acids. The possibility of dispersing viral DNA during laser therapy of human papillomavirus (HPV)-containing genital infections was explored using a filter…

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Infectious Papillomavirus in the Vapor of Warts Treated with Carbon Dioxide Laser or Electrocoagulation: Detection and Protection

William S. Sawchuk, MD; Paul J. Weber, MD; Douglas R. Lowy, MD; Leonard M. Dzubow, MD; Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Vol 21, No 1; 7/1989

Categories: Dermatology, Plastic

Papillomavirus DNA has been reported recently in the vapor (smoke plume) derived from warts treated with carbon dioxide laser; this raises concerns for operator safety. We therefore have studied a group of human and bovine warts to define further the…

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Laryngeal Papillomatosis with Human Papillomavirus DNA Contracted by a Laser Surgeon

P. Hallmo; O.Naess; European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Vol 248; 1/1991

Categories: Laser

A 44-year-old laser surgeon presented with laryngeal papillomatosis. In situ DNA hybridization of tissue from these tumors revealed human papillomavirus DNA types 6 and 11. Past history revealed that the surgeon has given laser therapy to patients with…

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Maximizing Surgeon Safety During Excimer Laser Photorefractive Procedures

Jay S. Pepose, MD, PhD; American Journal of Ophthalmology, Vol 130, No 6; 12/2002

Categories: Laser

This year, it has been estimated that more than 1 million excimer laser procedures will be performed in the United States alone. A number of viral pathogens have been identified in tears and the ocular surface. This raises the possibility that viral…

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Mutagenicity of Smoke Condensates Induced by CO2 - Laser Irradiation and Electrocauterization

Toshifumi Tomita; Shigenobu Mihashi; Kazuto Nagata; Setsuo Ueda; Masakazu Fujiki; Minoru Hirano; Tomio Hirohata; Mutation Research; 1/1981

Categories: General

Smoke condensates generated from mucous membrane of the canine tongue irradiated with a CO2 laser showed mutagenicity on Salmonella typhimurium TA98 under metabolic activation with S9 mix. Strain TA100 was not so sensitive to the condensates with or…

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