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Dissemination of Melanoma Cells within Electrocautery Plume

John N. Fletcher, MD; Daphne Mew, PhD, MD, FRCS; Jean-Gaston DesCoˆ teaux, MA, MD, FRCS; Excerpta Medica, Inc., July 1999, Vol 178; 7/1999

Categories: Dermatology, General, Laparoscopic

Short Description: Results of this study confirm that application of electrocautery to a pellet of melanoma cells releases these cells into the plume. These cells are viable and may be grown in culture. This release of malignant cells may explain the appearance of port metastases at sites that are remote from the surgical dissection or that were never in direct contact with the tumor.

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