Radiofrequency Ablation of Solid Benign Thyroid Nodules

Yoon Jin Kim, Aparna Baheti, Timothy C. Huber

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Symptomatic solid benign thyroid nodules may present either as nonfunctioning nodules causing compressive symptoms or as hyperfunctioning nodules causing symptoms of hyperthyroidism. While surgical resection or radioiodine ablation of these nodules can be performed, percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of benign solid thyroid nodules has been shown to be a safe and effective alternative in select patients. Preprocedural evaluation should include a history focusing on signs and symptoms of thyroid dysfunction, a physical exam, thyroid ultrasound, thyroid function tests, and discussion of key intraprocedural details with the patient such as the anesthesia plan and risks. Thyroid RFA can be safely performed as an outpatient procedure with less than 2% major and minor complication rates. This report will focus on the basic technique of performing RFA for symptomatic thyroid nodules.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100819
JournalTechniques in Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2022


  • Thyroid radiofrequency ablation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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