Thyroid Radiofrequeny Ablation of a Symptomatic Benign thyroid Nodule.
Now that RFA is FDA approved there has been a flood of calls for this surgical alternative.
Typical patient from yesterday who has explored alternatives and has decided to not have surgery.
30 Y/O female with a 2 year onset of a visible right lobe nodule.
US of the nodule shows a spongiform nodule 3.6 cm and 16 ml in volume. Thyroid tests were normal.
Biopsy was benign. Her symptoms included choking , and a pressure feeling in her neck. She had a cosmetic score of 4/4. and a symptom score of 8/10.
She was told by her consultants that RFA and ethanol were too dangerous due location near the carotid artery.
RFA is safe and the patient is not in danger of serious complications. Told that the risks for complications was low and the procedure is done in my office with just local lidocaine. She is considering RFA therapy for her nodule.
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