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Bovie Smoke: A Perilous Plume

Patrick W. McCormick, MD; AANS Neurosurgeon, Vol 17, No 1; 1/2008

Categories: Aesthetics, Cardiothoracic, Dermatology, Drills, ENT, General, Laparoscopic, Laser, Orthopedic, Plastic, Plume, Reamers, Saws, Smoke, Dentistry

Short Description: Surgical smoke plume, often referred to as Bovie smoke, is examined in this article from a number of different facets. Taken from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Journal, the author outlines the hazards by first making the comparison of plume contents, both laser and electrosurgical, to that of cigarette smoke in potential toxicity. Furthermore, he examines the mutagenic, carcinogenic, and neurotoxic compounds that reside within surgical plume. Finally, he concludes his discussion with an examination of inert and biologically active particles that are propelled in to the air space when cellular disruption takes place, either through laser or electrosurgical means.

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