Thyroid Cystic Nodules 101: Treatment of thick viscous cyst fluid.
16 gauge needle in a viscous cystic nodule
Significant reduced size after 16 gauge needle.
- Usually these are handled by injecting a small amount of ethanol and repeat the ablation in a few weeks.This is called a 2 step PEI.
- This article on a one step for those nodules.
A 16-gauge needle (n = 8) or an 8.5-French pigtail catheter (n = 1) connected to a suction pump was used.
6 month nodule size was reduced 96%. The mean symptom score decreased from 3.2 ± 1.5 to 0.4 ± 1.0 (p < 0.05) and the mean cosmetic grade from 3.9 ± 0.3 to 1.3 ± 0.7 (p < 0.05).In a small sample size (10 patients ) this one step method has promise. However the needle size is a problem. However they report no complications.
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Article reference below.
One-Step Ethanol Ablation of Viscous Cystic Thyroid Nodules