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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Microwave Thermography--Serious Injuries With Use for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Potential for serious thermal injury and related complications associated with the use of microwave energy to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Thermal injuries have resulted in fistula formation and clinically significant tissue damage to the penis or urethra requiring colostomies, partial amputation of the penis, and/or other therapeutic interventions.

[October 11, 2000 - Public Health Notification - FDA]