Genital tract electrical burns during hysteroscopic endometrial ablation: Report of 13 cases in the United States and Canada

Citation
Ga. Vilos et al., Genital tract electrical burns during hysteroscopic endometrial ablation: Report of 13 cases in the United States and Canada, J AM AS G L, 7(1), 2000, pp. 141-147
Citations number
14
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Reproductive Medicine
Journal title
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF GYNECOLOGIC LAPAROSCOPISTS
ISSN journal
1074-3804 → ACNP
Volume
7
Issue
1
Year of publication
2000
Pages
141 - 147
Database
ISI
SICI code
1074-3804(200002)7:1<141:GTEBDH>2.0.ZU;2-F
Abstract
We investigated 13 alleged thermal injuries to the genital tract of women u ndergoing hysteroscopic endometrial ablation. Possible mechanisms proposed to explain these injuries are hot-weighted speculum, povidone-iodine scrub solution, inadequate rinsing of Cider sterilizing solution, and electrical burns. The history, nature, and distribution, as well as experimental evide nce strongly support the hypothesis that these injuries are electrical due to capacitive coupled currents induced onto the sheath of the resectoscope, and/or stray currents generated by arcing or direct coupling from defectiv e electrode insulation to the telescope, electrifying the entire resectosco pe.