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Ultrasound-guided cryoablation of breast fibroadenoma: a pilot trial


Golatta, M., Harcos, A., Pavlista, D. et al. Ultrasound-guided cryoablation of breast fibroadenoma: a pilot trial. Arch Gynecol Obstet 291, 1355–1360 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00404-014-3553-5 

Summary: the purpose of the study was to evaluate cryoablation of fibroadenomas under ultrasound guidance using a liquid-nitrogen based system by IceCure Medical in an office-based setting. Sixty cryoablation procedures were performed under continuous ultrasound guidance on patients with histologically confirmed benign fibroadenomas with a maximum dimension of 3cm. Fifty-nine of the sixty fibroadenomas were fully engulfed by the ice ball created during a freeze-thaw-freeze treatment cycle performed according to the size of the fibroadenoma. At 1-year follow-up, 93% of the treated fibroadenomas were gone. The cryodestruction of fibroadenomas using a liquid nitrogen based cryoablation system proved to be functional and safe, while demonstrating meaningful reduction in volume, palpability, pain and showing satisfying cosmetic outcomes.

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