Analysis of plume emissions after papovavirus irradiation with the carbon dioxide laser

J Reprod Med. 1982 May;27(5):268-70.


This study was undertaken to evaluate potential inhalation hazards to operating room personnel after irradiation of tumors with the carbon dioxide laser. Cellular debris was analyzed for viability using labeled nucleotides and labeled glucose. In this way the plume was investigated for the presence of material with oncogenic potential. Most surgeons who have ablated venereal warts or certain tumors with the carbon dioxide laser have worried about possible hazards of inhaling the vapor that is produced as a result of their work. We utilized three methods to determine whether viable particles exist in the laser plume. Fortunately, it is most comforting that the metabolic studies, DNA and RNA studies and cytologic studies seem to indicate that the plume is biologically inactive.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Air Pollutants / analysis*
  • Air Pollutants, Occupational / analysis*
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Carbon Radioisotopes
  • Condylomata Acuminata / surgery*
  • Condylomata Acuminata / transmission
  • DNA, Viral / analysis
  • Female
  • Genital Neoplasms, Female / surgery*
  • Genital Neoplasms, Female / transmission
  • Glucose / analysis
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy
  • Lasers / adverse effects*
  • Papillomaviridae
  • Polyomaviridae
  • Thymidine / analysis
  • Uridine / analysis


  • Air Pollutants
  • Air Pollutants, Occupational
  • Carbon Radioisotopes
  • DNA, Viral
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Glucose
  • Thymidine
  • Uridine