Ethanol Ablation PEI Can Treat Solid and Cystic Nodules.
26-year-old woman with solid thyroid nodule. Sonogram obtained before PEI shows solid nodule in right thyroid lobe (volume, 3.8 cm3).
26-year-old woman with solid thyroid nodule. Sonogram obtained 3 months after ethanol ablation PEI indicates that volume of nodule has decreased by 61%.
- Radiofrequency ablation RFA is still under study in the US.
- Travel to Europe or Korea is needed to get expert treatment with RFA.
- Ethanol ablation can be found in the US in select centers now.
Percutaneous ethanol injection is an effective treatment for both solid and cystic thyroid nodules.
Ethanol ablation is more effective in cystic thyroid nodules than in solid nodules and should be the treatment of choice for those benign cystic thyroid lesions large enough to induce local discomfort, cosmetic damage, or anxiety in patients.
Benign solid nodules decreased by 50% and relieved symptoms and cosmetic problems.
RFA is better for solid nodules but ethanol can be useful to decrease size and relieve symptoms for patient is the US that can not travel out of the country.-
PEI is available at my center for both cystic and solid nodules after evaluation to see if you are a candidate.For those willing to travel I will evaluate you for RFA and send you to the best interventional thyroidologists in the world for a 2 day stay for the treatment.Call me at 310-393-8860 or [email protected] and talk to Alicia about the details.Dr.G.