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Long-Term Results of Thermal Ablation of Benign Thyroid Nodules: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Updated: Aug 17, 2023

The research is a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies that evaluated the long-term results of thermal ablation of benign thyroid nodules.

Thermal ablation is a minimally invasive technique that uses heat to destroy abnormal thyroid tissue. The research compared two types of thermal ablation: radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and laser ablation (LA). The research included 14 studies with a total of 1,434 patients who underwent thermal ablation and had follow-up data of more than 3 years.

The research found that thermal ablation was safe and effective for reducing the volume of benign thyroid nodules, with no unexpected delayed complications.

The research also found that RFA was superior to laser ablation (LA) in terms of volume reduction rate, regrowth rate, and delayed surgery rate.

The research concluded that thermal ablation (RFA) is a viable option for treating benign thyroid nodules.

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