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Ablation - Thyroid Disease Glossary Definition

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Updated April 16, 2014

Definition: Ablation usually means removal, typically surgical removal.

When the thyroid is surgically removed, that's called surgical ablation for the thyroid.

When radioactive iodine is used as a treatment for an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), with the purpose of reversing the overactivity, this is referred to as radioactive ablation, or sometimes chemical ablation.

Also Known As: in the context of thyroid disease, also known as ablation therapy, radioablation, radioiodine ablation, radioactive iodine ablation, radioactive iodine (RAI) treatment, and I-131 treatment

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