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Please explain why urologists use glycerin instead of normal saline during urology surgery?

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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
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In brief: U*R mistaken

Am pretty sure ur referring to glycine.
1.5% glycine is used for irrigation during trans-urethral cauterization of bleeding vessels resections of prostate or bladder tumors when using a monopolar electrocautery machine. It non-electrolytic, unlike saline, so does not disperse the electric current away from whatever is being cauterized or cut. Has a physiologic osmolality like saline ; unlike water.

In brief: U*R mistaken

Am pretty sure ur referring to glycine.
1.5% glycine is used for irrigation during trans-urethral cauterization of bleeding vessels resections of prostate or bladder tumors when using a monopolar electrocautery machine. It non-electrolytic, unlike saline, so does not disperse the electric current away from whatever is being cauterized or cut. Has a physiologic osmolality like saline ; unlike water.
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