Application of external microwave thermotherapy in urology: past, present, and future.
SourceJournal of Endourology, 17, 8, (2003), pp. 659-66
Article / Letter to editor
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Journal of Endourology
SubjectUMCN 5.2: Endocrinology and reproduction
The excellent clinical results of transurethral microwave thermotherapy (TUMT) for the treatment of symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) gave to TUMT the leading position among the microwave thermotherapy modalities available for the treatment of different urologic conditions. Research in TUMT has focused on operating software, temperature monitoring, intraprostatic heat distribution, cell-kill calculations, and correlations with clinical variables. Randomized comparisons of TUMT with other established therapies for BPH, including transurethral resection, have facilitated the evaluation of the clinical outcome, durability, morbidity, and costs of the treatment. The applications of microwave thermotherapy in other urologic diseases are also presented in this review.
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