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The aim of the study was to define the effectiveness and safety of ultrasound-guided percutaneous radiofrequency (RF) thermal ablation in the treatment of compressive solid benign thyroid nodules. Thirty-one patients not eligible for surgery or radioiodine (131I) treatment underwent RF ablation for benign nodules; a total of 33 nodules were treated (2(More)
BACKGROUND Percutaneous radiofrequency thermal ablation (RTA) is a promising new therapeutic approach to manage thyroid nodules (TNs). The aim of this study was to investigate the long-term effectiveness of RTA in inducing shrinkage of TNs as well as in controlling compressive symptoms and thyroid hyperfunction in a large series of elderly subjects with(More)
Ten to fifteen percent of fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) of thyroid nodules are indeterminate. Galectin-3 (Gal-3) and the oncogene BRAFV600E are markers of malignancy useful to improve FNAB accuracy. The objective of this study was to determine whether the combined analysis of Gal-3 and BRAFV600E expression in thyroid aspirates could improve the(More)
Elastography is a new diagnostic tool in the evaluation of thyroid nodules. Aim of the study was to evaluate the accuracy and reliability of elastography in discriminating thyroid lesions and the interobserver variability. One hundred thirty-two nodules in 115 patients selected for thyroid surgery underwent conventional ultrasound and elastographic(More)
BACKGROUND Fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) is the primary means to distinguish benign from malignant nodules and select patients for surgery. However, adjunctive diagnostic tests are needed because in 20-40% of cases the FNAB result is uncertain. OBJECTIVE We investigated whether a search for the oncogenes RET/PTC, TRK and BRAF(V600E) in thyroid(More)
High-resolution ultrasonography (HRUS) has potentialities in differential diagnosis between malignant and benign thyroid lesions, but interpretative pitfalls remain and accuracy is still poor. We developed an image processing technique for characterizing the intra-nodular vascularization of thyroid lesions. Twenty nodules (10 malignant) were analyzed by(More)
Fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) is the primary means to distinguish benign thyroid nodules from malignant ones. About 20% of FNAC yields indeterminate results leading to unnecessary or delayed surgery. Many studies of tissue samples, the majority of which are retrospective advocate testing for RET rearrangements as a diagnostic adjunctive tool in(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effects of analgesic overuse on endocrine function in patients with chronic migraine and medication-overuse headache (CM-MOH). BACKGROUND Chronic migraine is frequently associated with an overuse of symptomatic medications. Drugs currently used in acute migraine attacks are associated with several endocrine effects. At present,(More)
BACKGROUND Percutaneous radiofrequency thermal ablation (RFA) has been reported as an effective tool for the management of benign thyroid nodules (BTN). However, large, randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are lacking. OBJECTIVE The aims of this study were to assess the volume reduction of BTN after a single RFA performed using the moving-shot technique(More)