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Rev Fr Gynecol Obstet. 1974 Feb;69(2):121-7.

[Cauterization of the uterine cervix: electrocauterization and cryotherapy].

[Article in French]

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Service de Gynécologie Dr R. Legros), Centre Hospitalier Intercommunal, 94000 Créteil, France.


The authors review the controversies that still continue concerning electrocauterization of the uterine cervix. They emphasize the value of colposcopy in the evaluation of the cervix. This examination is indispensable in selecting the cases for treatment: ectropion and benign malpighian dysplasias are clear indications for cauterization. Contraindications and technical problems are discussed. The indications are given for bipolar biactive, and bipolar monoactive electrocauterization, respectively, or for electroresection by means of a metallic loop. The different cicatrization times after electrocauterization are reviewed as well as the possibility of sequelae: in certain cases sequelae can be more or less avoided by previous therapeutic precautions and by careful attention to the duration of cauterization. Cauterization of the uterine cervix by cryotherapy seems to be worthy of particular consideration: the first results are reported. It seems to be simpler to use than diathermocauterization and in the great majority of cases the results seem to have been good.

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