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View in Spanish: Resección transuretral con aguja

Transurethral needle ablation (TRANZ-yoo-REE-thrul NEE-dul a-BLAY-shun)
A procedure that is used to treat benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). A small probe that gives off low-level radiofrequency energy is inserted through the urethra into the prostate. The energy from the probe heats and destroys the abnormal prostate tissue without damaging the urethra. Also called transurethral radiofrequency ablation.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.