Monopolar electrosurgical flash fire.

PubMed ID: 9547782

Author(s): Lucarelli MJ, Lemke BN. Monopolar electrosurgical flash fire. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers. 1998 Mar;29(3):249-50.

Journal: Ophthalmic Surgery And Lasers, Volume 29, Issue 3, Mar 1998

A 78-year-old man underwent ectropion repair with a monopolar electrosurgical unit. A flash fire occurred, resulting in a loss of eyelashes of the left upper and lower eyelids. A retrospective analysis of the case was conducted, including a review of the relevant literature. Although rare, the possibility of a flash fire should be considered when performing surgery with an electrosurgical unit. Minimizing supplemental oxygen and electrosurgical power settings may help to avoid such an incident.