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DERMATOLOGY PEARL
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Detachable magnifier for electrosurgical procedures


1 Department of Dermatology, King Faisal University, Hofuf, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Dermatology, Nahas Skin Clinic [Amanza Health Care], Perinthalmana, Kerala, India
3 Department of Surgery (Ophthalmology Division), King Faisal University, Hofuf, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia

Date of Web Publication29-May-2019

Correspondence Address:
Feroze Kaliyadan,
Department of Dermatology, King Faisal University, Hofuf, Al-Ahsa -31982
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2229-5178.259284



How to cite this URL:
Kaliyadan F, Ashique KT, Feroze K. Detachable magnifier for electrosurgical procedures. Indian Dermatol Online J [Epub ahead of print] [cited 2019 Aug 21]. Available from: http://www.idoj.in/preprintarticle.asp?id=259284


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Electrosurgical procedures such ascauterization of small skin tags require good magnification. This is especially an issue in case of coexisting presbyopia.[1] Dermatologists often use magnifying loupes for the same, which can be cumbersome.[1] We describe the use of an easily available detachable magnifier attached to the tip of the cautery handle to allow better magnification.


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Small detachable magnifiers which are attached to scissors are used for tailoring purposes and are easily available online. We obtained such a magnifier online (Vardhman – Model number: paoakfe433, cost: 350 INR) and attached the same to a cautery handle end [Figure 1], [Figure 2], [Figure 3].
Figure 1: Detachable magnifier

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Figure 2: Lens attached to the tip of a cautery handle

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Figure 3: Magnified view while using the cautery with the attached lens

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The modification helps to improve the ease of treating small lesions, without being cumbersome. The lens is very light and has a foldable hinge that helps to adjust the angle for the best view. The groove can be moved to adjust focus too [Video 1]. The device in the present form does have limitation, but at present we feel that there is proof of concept. The concept can definitely be improved in many ways—including the lighting and quality of the lens (making a larger lens, but without adding to the weight).

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1.
Chodkiewicz HM, Joseph AK. Magnification for the dermatologic surgeon. Cutis 2017;99:413-417.  Back to cited text no. 1
    


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