Dissemination Of Melanoma Cells Within Electrocautery Plume

The observed occurrence of port site recurrence in laparoscopic surgery for malignant disease has stimulated interest in the dissemination of tumor cells during surgery. Study of electrocautery smoke has revealed the presence of large particles and viable viruses. The purpose of this study was to determine if viable malignant cells are present in suspension within the electrocautery plume.