Received this article in a Google News Alert using the search term “fibroid”. Since I plan on having this procedure in the future, I am interested in seeing the research results.
Philadelphia, PA – Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine are working on ways to improve the results of a non-surgical method to treat fibroids. They are examining the overall effectiveness of different agents used to destroy uterine fibroids – a discovery that could lead to more answers about the durability of a procedure called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). It’s already been established throughout the medical community that, after a decade, UFE works to relieve the symptoms of fibroids. Now, in this new study, investigators want to learn how to optimize the procedure, by running a comparison of materials used during it.
The Geek’s summary:
- Randomized, single-center study involving 60 patients and lasting about nine months
- Two different particless will be compared (Contour SE Microspheres vs. Embosphere Microspheres)
- Several researchers will perform UFE procedures and then compare patient outcomes through MRI to determine which particle does a more effective job at destroying fibroid tissue
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