How is electrosurgery used to treat human papillomavirus (HPV) disease?

Updated: Feb 20, 2020
  • Author: Peter A Gearhart, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Electrosurgical modalities use high-frequency current to cut and coagulate warts. Electrodesiccation with a bipolar needle is most effective with external genital warts; LEEP is primarily used to treat cervical squamous intraepithelial lesions (SILs) after confirmation with a cervical biopsy but may also be used to remove large external genital warts.

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