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  1. Endovenous radiofrequency ablation of superficial and perforator veins.

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    Roth, Steven M

    2007-10-01

    Radiofrequency ablation of superficial and perforator veins for venous insufficiency has emerged as a leading alternative to traditional vein stripping operations. This percutaneous technique can be performed in less than an hour using local anesthetic or sedation. The VNUS Closure catheters (VNUS Medical Technologies, San Jose, California) work by resistive heating in the vein wall that is constantly monitored through a feedback loop to the VNUS Closure generator. Side effects are less than with other endovenous ablation techniques and patients resume normal activity immediately. The new ClosureFAST catheter is an important advancement that combines the speed of endovenous laser ablation with the expected fewer side effects of radiofrequency ablation.

  2. Temperature profiles of 980- and 1,470-nm endovenous laser ablation, endovenous radiofrequency ablation and endovenous steam ablation.

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    Malskat, W S J; Stokbroekx, M A L; van der Geld, C W M; Nijsten, T E C; van den Bos, R R

    2014-03-01

    Endovenous thermal ablation (EVTA) techniques are very effective for the treatment of varicose veins, but their exact working mechanism is still not well documented. The lack of knowledge of mechanistic properties has led to a variety of EVTA protocols and a commercially driven dissemination of new or modified techniques without robust scientific evidence. The aim of this study is to compare temperature profiles of 980-and 1,470-nm endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), segmental radiofrequency ablation (RFA), and endovenous steam ablation (EVSA). In an experimental setting, temperature measurements were performed using thermocouples; raw potato was used to mimic a vein wall. Two laser wavelengths (980 and 1,470 nm) were used with tulip-tip fibers and 1,470 nm also with a radial-emitting fiber. Different powers and pullback speeds were used to achieve fluences of 30, 60, and 90 J/cm. For segmental RFA, 1 cycle of 20 s was analyzed. EVSA was performed with two and three pulses of steam per centimeter. Maximum temperature increase, time span of relevant temperature increase, and area under the curve of the time of relevant temperature increase were measured. In all EVLA settings, temperatures increased and decreased rapidly. High fluence is associated with significantly higher temperatures and increased time span of temperature rise. Temperature profiles of 980- and 1,470-nm EVLA with tulip-tip fibers did not differ significantly. Radial EVLA showed significantly higher maximum temperatures than tulip-tip EVLA. EVSA resulted in mild peak temperatures for longer durations than EVLA. Maximum temperatures with three pulses per centimeter were significantly higher than with two pulses. RFA temperature rises were relatively mild, resulting in a plateau-shaped temperature profile, similar to EVSA. Temperature increase during EVLA is fast with a high-peak temperature for a short time, where EVSA and RFA have longer plateau phases and lower maximum temperatures.

  3. Postoperative Venous Thromboembolism in Patients Undergoing Endovenous Laser and Radiofrequency Ablation of the Saphenous Vein

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    Hirokawa, Masayuki; Yamamoto, Takashi

    2016-01-01

    Objective: Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) are safe and effective treatments for varicose veins caused by saphenous reflux. Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and endovenous heat-induced thrombosis (EHIT) are known complications of these procedures. The purpose of this article is to investigate the incidence of postoperative DVT and EHIT in patients undergoing EVLA and RFA. Methods: The patients were assessed by clinical examination and venous duplex ultrasonography before operation and at 24–72 hours, 1 month, and 1 year follow-up after operation. Endovenous ablation (EVA) had been treated for 1026 limbs (835 patients) using an RFA; 1174 limbs (954 patients) using a 1470-nm wavelength diode laser with radial two-ring fiber (1470R); and 6118 limbs (5513 patients) using a 980-nm wavelength diode laser with bare-tip fiber (980B). Results: DVT was detected in 3 legs (0.3%) of RFA, 5 legs (0.4%) of 1470R, and 27 legs (0.4%) of 980B. One patient in three symptomatic DVT treated with 980B developed asymptomatic pulmonary embolus. In all, 31 of the 35 DVTs were confined to the calf veins. The incidence of EHIT classes 2 and 3 was 2.7% following RFA procedure, 6.7% after 1470R, and 7.5% after 980B. Conclusion: The incidence of EHIT following EVA was low, especially the RFA procedure. EHIT resolves within 2–4 weeks in most patients. DVT rates after EVA were compared with those published for saphenous vein stripping. (This is a translation of J Jpn Coll Angiol 2015; 55: 153–161.) PMID:28018495

  4. Venous hemodynamic improvement after endovenous radiofrequency ablation of saphenous varicose veins.

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    Nishibe, Toshiya; Nishibe, Masayasu; Suzuki, Shun; Takahashi, Satoshi; Toguchi, Kayo; Kamiya, Kentaro; Iwahashi, Toru; Ogino, Hitoshi

    2017-02-01

    Endovenous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has been a viable treatment option for patients with saphenous varicose veins. The purpose of our study was to assess venous hemodynamic change before and after RFA by using air plethysmography (APG). We prospectively analyzed the data of consecutive 91 patients with 124 limbs who underwent RFA for primary varicose veins. Overall venous hemodynamics of the limb was assessed using APG. The Venous Filling Index (VFI) was determined as a measure of reflux (normal range, <2 mL). Duplex scanning were performed to evaluate saphenous vein occlusion, deep venous thrombus and endovenous heat-induced thrombosis (EHIT). The VFI were significantly reduced from 4.1±3.1 preoperatively to 1.4±1.0, 1.3±0.8 and 1.4±1.2 at 1 week, 1 month and 4 month postoperatively, respectively. The percentage of the VFI >2 mL/s was 77% preoperatively, while it significantly decreased to 17%, 16%, and 18% at 1 week, 1 month, and 4 month postoperatively, respectively. Duplex scanning showed 100% of saphenous vein occlusion and no significant EHIT II-IV. Correction or significant improvement of venous reflux was achieved by RFA. Together with duplex scanning findings, RFA is a safe and hemodynamically effective treatment for varicose veins.

  5. Endovenous Radiofrequency Thermal Ablation and Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy in Treatment of Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome

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    2014-01-01

    Introduction: Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome is composed of port-wine stain, limb hypertrophy and varicose veins. Methods: The two patients with Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome treated by endovenous radiofrequency thermal ablation and ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy of the abnormal veins was conducted. Results: Radiofrequency thermal ablation resulted in successful occlusion of the incompetent anterior accessory great saphenous vein. Moreover, ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy showed complete occlusion of the residual veins. At 6 month follow-up, both patients markedly decreased leg symptoms including pain, cramping, limb swelling, and bulging of veins. Conclusion: Radiofrequency thermal ablation combined with foam sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure alternative to the standard invasive surgery and can be the option for saphenous ablation in Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome patients. PMID:24719663

  6. Endovenous radiofrequency thermal ablation and ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy in treatment of klippel-trenaunay syndrome.

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    Sermsathanasawadi, Nuttawut; Hongku, Kiattisak; Wongwanit, Chumpol; Ruangsetakit, Chanean; Chinsakchai, Khamin; Mutirangura, Pramook

    2014-01-01

    Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome is composed of port-wine stain, limb hypertrophy and varicose veins. The two patients with Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome treated by endovenous radiofrequency thermal ablation and ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy of the abnormal veins was conducted. Radiofrequency thermal ablation resulted in successful occlusion of the incompetent anterior accessory great saphenous vein. Moreover, ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy showed complete occlusion of the residual veins. At 6 month follow-up, both patients markedly decreased leg symptoms including pain, cramping, limb swelling, and bulging of veins. Radiofrequency thermal ablation combined with foam sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure alternative to the standard invasive surgery and can be the option for saphenous ablation in Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome patients.

  7. Endovenous radiofrequency ablation and combined foam sclerotherapy treatment of multiple refluxing perforator veins in a Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome patient.

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    Harrison, Cc; Holdstock, Jm; Price, Ba; Whiteley, Ms

    2014-12-01

    We describe an unusual pattern of venous abnormality and the use of endovenous radiofrequency ablation, using the TRans-Luminal Occlusion of Perforator technique to treat multiple refluxing perforators in a 29-year-old patient with Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome. Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome is a rare congenital anomaly characterised by a triad of features including unilateral limb overgrowth, venous varicosities and capillary malformations of the affected limb. Ultrasound findings demonstrated 22 incompetent perforator veins in the lateral aspect of the patients left leg, communicating with a complex network of large calibre varicosities causing unilateral leg oedema and pain. Staged radiofrequency ablation procedures using the Olympus Celon RFITT (radiofrequency-induced thermotherapy; please see Technical Note) device under local anaesthetic were performed. These procedures were followed with two sessions of foam sclerotherapy. This case report describes the efficacy of this treatment regime and this patient's significantly improved morbidity 18 months after initial treatment. © The Author(s) 2013 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav.

  8. Complications and Failure of Endovenous Laser Ablation and Radiofrequency Ablation Procedures in Patients With Lower Extremity Varicose Veins in a 5-Year Follow-Up.

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    Woźniak, Witold; Mlosek, R Krzysztof; Ciostek, Piotr

    2016-10-01

    Thermal ablation techniques have gradually replaced Babcock procedure in varicose vein treatment. A comparative quantitative-qualitative analysis of complications and failure of endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in a 5-year follow-up. One hundred ten adult participants with varicose veins clinical grade C2 to C6, treated for isolated great saphenous vein (GSV) or small saphenous vein (SSV) insufficiency in a single lower extremity in 2009 to 2010, were enrolled and subdivided into EVLA (n = 56) and RFA (n = 54) groups. Both groups were compared for demography, disease stage, affected veins, perioperative, and postoperative complications as well as treatment efficacy. The perioperative and postoperative complications were statistically insignificant. Treatment efficacy, expressed as the number of participants with recurrent varicosity and recanalization, was comparable in both groups. The clinically significant recanalization rate was 3.6% and 5.6% in EVLA and RFA groups, respectively. Endovenous laser ablation and RFA for the management of lower extremity varicose vein offer comparable efficacy and safety in a 5-year follow-up. © The Author(s) 2016.

  9. Endovenous radiofrequency ablation: no value in short-term duplex ultrasound follow-up.

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    Broe, M; Shaikh, F M; Leahy, A

    2015-09-01

    Endogenous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a proven treatment for varicose veins that has equal efficacy to surgical stripping. It offers the benefit of reduced post operative pain and wound infection and quicker return to work. To carry out a clinical audit of patients undergoing RFA to monitor outcomes, complication rates, follow-up sclerotherapy and to assess the need for post-operative duplex scan. A retrospective analysis was performed of 174 procedures carried out from January 2011 to March 2012. Patients were pre-assessed with history, physical exam and duplex ultrasound. They were followed up at 3 months with same. CEAP classification was applied to check for post-operative improvement. 174 procedures, including 165 great saphenous vein and 9 short saphenous vein ablations were carried out on 154 patients. The duplex occlusion rate at 3 months was 99 %. 141 patients (81 %) showed a reduction in CEAP score with average CEAP decreasing from 2.37 to 0.96. Overall the complication rate was low at 7 %. Paraesthesia was the most common complication with 7 cases (4 %). There were no DVTs. 45.4 % of patients went on to have follow-up sclerotherapy for venous flares. RFA is a safe and effective treatment for varicose veins. There is no benefit in performing routine short term follow-up duplex scan due to the high occlusion rates.

  10. Endovenous ablation therapy (laser or radiofrequency) or foam sclerotherapy versus conventional surgical repair for short saphenous varicose veins.

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    Paravastu, Sharath Chandra Vikram; Horne, Margaret; Dodd, P Dominic F

    2016-11-29

    Short (or small) saphenous vein (SSV) varices occur as a result of an incompetent sapheno-popliteal junction, where the SSV joins the popliteal vein, resulting in reflux in the SSV; they account for about 15% of varicose veins. Untreated varicose veins may sometimes lead to ulceration of the leg, which is difficult to manage. Traditionally, treatment was restricted to surgery or conservative management. Since the 1990s, however, a number of minimally invasive techniques have been developed; these do not normally require a general anaesthetic, are day-case procedures with a quicker return to normal activities and avoid the risk of wound infection which may occur following surgery. Nerve injury remains a risk with thermal ablation, but in cases where it does occur, the injury tends to be transient. To compare the effectiveness of endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy (UGFS) versus conventional surgery in the treatment of SSV varices. The Cochrane Vascular Information Specialist searched the Specialised Register (last searched 17 March 2016) and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL; 2016, Issue 2). We searched clinical trials databases for details of ongoing or unpublished studies. We considered all randomised controlled trials (RCTs) comparing EVLA, endovenous RFA or UGFS with conventional surgery in the treatment of SSV varices for inclusion. We independently reviewed, assessed and selected trials that met the inclusion criteria; any disagreements were resolved by discussion. We extracted data and used the Cochrane's tool for assessing risk of bias. When the data permitted, we performed either fixed-effect meta-analyses with odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) or random-effects meta-analyses where there was moderate to significant heterogeneity. We identified three RCTs, all of which compared EVLA with surgery; one also compared UGFS with surgery. There were no

  11. One-year results of the use of endovenous radiofrequency ablation utilising an optimised radiofrequency-induced thermotherapy protocol for the treatment of truncal superficial venous reflux.

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    Badham, George E; Dos Santos, Scott J; Lloyd, Lucinda Ba; Holdstock, Judy M; Whiteley, Mark S

    2017-01-01

    Background In previous in vitro and ex vivo studies, we have shown increased thermal spread can be achieved with radiofrequency-induced thermotherapy when using a low power and slower, discontinuous pullback. We aimed to determine the clinical success rate of radiofrequency-induced thermotherapy using this optimised protocol for the treatment of superficial venous reflux in truncal veins. Methods Sixty-three patients were treated with radiofrequency-induced thermotherapy using the optimised protocol and were followed up after one year (mean 16.3 months). Thirty-five patients returned for audit, giving a response rate of 56%. Duplex ultrasonography was employed to check for truncal reflux and compared to initial scans. Results In the 35 patients studied, there were 48 legs, with 64 truncal veins treated by radiofrequency-induced thermotherapy (34 great saphenous, 15 small saphenous and 15 anterior accessory saphenous veins). One year post-treatment, complete closure of all previously refluxing truncal veins was demonstrated on ultrasound, giving a success rate of 100%. Conclusions Using a previously reported optimised, low power/slow pullback radiofrequency-induced thermotherapy protocol, we have shown it is possible to achieve a 100% ablation at one year. This compares favourably with results reported at one year post-procedure using the high power/fast pullback protocols that are currently recommended for this device.

  12. Ins and outs of endovenous laser ablation: afterthoughts.

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    Neumann, H A Martino; van Gemert, Martin J C

    2014-03-01

    Physicists and medical doctors "speak" different languages. Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is a good example in which technology is essential to guide the doctor to the final result: optimal treatment. However, for the doctor, it is by far insufficient just to turn on the knobs of the laser. He should understand what is going on in the varicose vein. On the other hand, the physicist is usually not aware what problems the doctor finds on his road towards improving a new technique. We have tried to bring both languages together in the special on Ins and outs of endovenous laser ablation published in this issue of Lasers in Medical Science. The 13 articles include endovenous related clinical (de Roos 2014; Kockaert and Nijsten 2014; van den Bos and Proebstle 2014) and socioeconomical articles (Kelleher et al 2014), the first paper on the molecular pathophysiologic mechanisms (Heger et al 2014), fiber tips (Stokbroekx et al 2014), the future of EVLA (Rabe 2014), a review of EVLA with some important issues for debate (Malskat et al 2014), an excellent paper on transcutaneous laser therapies of spider and small varicose veins (Meesters et al 2014), as well as several scientific modeling articles, varying from a mathematical model of EVLA that includes the carbonized blood layer on the fiber tip (van Ruijven et al 2014) and its application to the simulation of clinical conditions (Poluektova et al 2014) via experimental measurements of temperature profiles in response to EVLA, radiofrequency waves, and steam injections (Malskat et al 2014) to a literature review and novel physics approach of the absorption and particularly scattering properties of whole blood also including the infrared wavelengths used by EVLA (Bosschaart et al 2014). The aim of our afterthoughts, the 14th article in this special, is to try to amalgamate the clinical and physical contents of these contributions, providing the reader with the bridge that overlaps these different backgrounds.

  13. A retrospective study comparing endovenous laser ablation and microwave ablation for great saphenous varicose veins.

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    Mao, Jieqi; Zhang, Ci; Wang, Zhanshan; Gan, Shujie; Li, Ke

    2012-07-01

    Endo-venous laser or microwave ablation is a minimally invasive surgery for treating varicose veins of lower limbs. The aim of our study was to determine whether endovenous microwave ablation of the greater saphenous vein was associated with better effectiveness and less complications than the endovenous laser ablation. From July 2008 to June 2011, 259 cases (306 limbs) of varicose veins were assigned to endovenous laser ablation (n=138, 163 limbs) or endovenous microwave ablation (n=121, 143 limbs). Through analysis there was no significant difference of the operating time, length of hospital stay and Aberdeen score in the two groups. The recanalization rate was statistically higher in the laser group than that in the microwave group. The ecchymosis complication was significantly lower in microwave ablation than that of laser ablation group. However, the skin burn and paralysis complications were significantly lower in the laser ablation than that of microwave ablation group. Endo-venous microwave ablation is an effective alternative to laser ablation for treatment of varicose veins, associated with higher occlusion rate and without serious complications.

  14. Radiofrequency Ablation of Cancer

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    Friedman, Marc; Mikityansky, Igor; Kam, Anthony; Libutti, Steven K.; Walther, McClellan M.; Neeman, Ziv; Locklin, Julia K.; Wood, Bradford J.

    2004-09-15

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has been used for over 18 years for treatment of nerve-related chronic pain and cardiac arrhythmias. In the last 10 years, technical developments have increased ablation volumes in a controllable, versatile, and relatively inexpensive manner. The host of clinical applications for RFA have similarly expanded. Current RFA equipment, techniques, applications, results, complications, and research avenues for local tumor ablation are summarized.

  15. Radiofrequency Ablation of Cancer

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    Friedman, Marc; Mikityansky, Igor; Kam, Anthony; Libutti, Steven K.; Walther, McClellan M.; Neeman, Ziv; Locklin, Julia K.; Wood, Bradford J.

    2008-01-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has been used for over 18 years for treatment of nerve-related chronic pain and cardiac arrhythmias. In the last 10 years, technical developments have increased ablation volumes in a controllable, versatile, and relatively inexpensive manner. The host of clinical applications for RFA have similarly expanded. Current RFA equipment, techniques, applications, results, complications, and research avenues for local tumor ablation are summarized. PMID:15383844

  16. Positioning for Endovenous Laser Ablation: Comparative Study with Thigh Stripping

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    Masaki, Hisao; Yunoki, Yasuhiro; Watanabe, Yoshiko; Furukawa, Hiroshi; Yamasawa, Takahiko; Takiuchi, Hiroki; Honda, Takeshi; Kuwada, Noriaki; Kojima, Kenji; Tanemoto, Kazuo

    2016-01-01

    We performed a comparative study of surgical outcomes and venous functions between endovenous laser ablation with a 980-nm diode laser (EV group) and thigh stripping (ST group). There were no severe complications and initial success rates were 100% in both groups. In the EV group, preoperative symptoms improved in 94.3% of cases, the venous occlusion rate was 98%, and endovenous heat induced thrombosis had occurred in 11.9% (Class 3: 0.7%) at 12 months after the operation. Although comparative study of postoperative venous function by air plethysmography showed significant improvement in both groups, there was less recovery of postoperative venous function in the EV than in the ST group. (This article is a translation of J Jpn Coll Angiol 2015; 55: 13–20.) PMID:27738455

  17. Outcome of Endovenous Laser Ablation of Varicose Veins

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    Rustempasic, Nedzad; Cvorak, Alemko; Agincic, Alija

    2014-01-01

    ABSTRACT Introduction: In Bosnia and Herzegovina according to available data, treatment of incompetent superficial lower extremity varicose veins by endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) has been introduced two years ago and so far no paper has been published regarding results of EVLA treatment of patients from our country. We wanted to present our results with EVLA treatment. Aim of study: to evaluate and compare primary posttreatment outcomes of endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) with classical surgical method of varicose vein treatment. Patients and methods: The study was clinical and prospective. It was carried out at Clinic for vascular surgery in Sarajevo where fifty-eight (58) patients received surgical treatment for varicose veins and in Aesthetic Surgery Center “Nasa mala klinika” in Sarajevo were sixty-one (61) patients with varicose veins were treated by endovenous laser ablation. Total 119 patients (limbs) with pathologic reflux only in great saphenous vein were evaluated between 1st of January 2013 and 31st of April 2014. Following primary outcome endpoints were evaluated smean day of return to normal everyday activities, patient subjective quantification of pain during first seven days after intervention, incidence of deep venous thrombosis (DVT), incidence of wound bleeding requiring surgical intervention, incidence of peri-saphenous vein hematoma and infection rate. Results: Mean of return to normal activities (expressed in days after intervention); EVLA vs. stripping (surgery) =1.21vs12.24, T test 13,619; p=0, 000, p<0,05. T test was used for comparing Mean value of visual pain analog scale for the first 7 days between groups, for all seven days pain was significantly higher in surgical group of patients as compared to EVLA group; p<0,05. Incidence of hematoma greater than 1% of total body surface area was significantly higher in patients receiving surgical treatment; Pearson Chi Square=23,830, p<0,05; odds ratio:10,453. Incidences of infection, deep

  18. Radiofrequency Ablation of Lung Tumors

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  19. A randomized prospective long-term (>1 year) clinical trial comparing the efficacy and safety of radiofrequency ablation to 980 nm laser ablation of the great saphenous vein.

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    Sydnor, Malcolm; Mavropoulos, John; Slobodnik, Natalia; Wolfe, Luke; Strife, Brian; Komorowski, Daniel

    2017-07-01

    Purpose To compare the short- and long-term (>1 year) efficacy and safety of radiofrequency ablation (ClosureFAST™) versus endovenous laser ablation (980 nm diode laser) for the treatment of superficial venous insufficiency of the great saphenous vein. Materials and methods Two hundred patients with superficial venous insufficiency of the great saphenous vein were randomized to receive either radiofrequency ablation or endovenous laser ablation (and simultaneous adjunctive therapies for surface varicosities when appropriate). Post-treatment sonographic and clinical assessment was conducted at one week, six weeks, and six months for closure, complications, and patient satisfaction. Clinical assessment of each patient was conducted at one year and then at yearly intervals for patient satisfaction. Results Post-procedure pain ( p < 0.0001) and objective post-procedure bruising ( p = 0.0114) were significantly lower in the radiofrequency ablation group. Improvements in venous clinical severity score were noted through six months in both groups (endovenous laser ablation 6.6 to 1; radiofrequency ablation 6.2 to 1) with no significant difference in venous clinical severity score ( p = 0.4066) or measured adverse effects; 89 endovenous laser ablation and 87 radiofrequency patients were interviewed at least 12 months out with a mean long-term follow-up of 44 and 42 months ( p = 0.1096), respectively. There were four treatment failures in each group, and every case was correctable with further treatment. Overall, there were no significant differences with regard to patient satisfaction between radiofrequency ablation and endovenous laser ablation ( p = 0.3009). There were no cases of deep venous thrombosis in either group at any time during this study. Conclusions Radiofrequency ablation and endovenous laser ablation are highly effective and safe from both anatomic and clinical standpoints over a multi-year period and neither modality achieved

  20. Endovenous Laser Ablation of Incompetent Perforator Veins: A New Technique in Treatment of Chronic Venous Disease

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    Ozkan, Ugur

    2009-09-15

    The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of endovenous laser ablation of incompetent perforator veins in a patient with incompetency of the small saphenous vein and multiple perforator veins. Two different methods were used to ablate seven perforator veins with a laser giving 50-60 J/cm energy. Total occlusion was observed in six perforators, and partial ablation in one perforator, at 1-month follow-up. To our knowledge, endovenous laser ablation of incompetent perforator veins is easy and a good therapeutic method.

  1. Evolution of an endovenous laser ablation practice for varicose veins.

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    Samuel, N; Wallace, T; Carradice, D; Smith, G; Mazari, F; Chetter, I

    2013-08-01

    We aimed to assess the evolution of an endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) practice in the management of varicose veins in a university teaching hospital vascular surgical unit, over five years. This was a retrospective review of a prospectively collected database of patients undergoing EVLA for great saphenous vein incompetence and followed up for a year. For inter- and intragroup comparison, patients were divided into three groups: group A: endovenous access generally established at the perigenicular level (n = 105); group B: when practice changed to gain access at lowest point of demonstrable reflux (n = 70); and group C: when tumescence delivery changed from manual injections to delivery via peristaltic pump (n = 49). Outcomes including pain scores, time taken to return to normal functioning, quality of life (QoL), venous clinical severity scores (VCSS) and complication rates were evaluated. Intergroup analysis: increase in the length of vein treated and laser density delivered was observed over time, even as median procedure duration decreased (P < 0.001). An increase in sensory disturbance was noticed in group C (P = 0.047) while better Aberdeen Varicose Vein Questionnaire (AVVQ) (P = 0.004), SF-36(®) physical domains (P < 0.05) and patient satisfaction with treatment (P = 0.025) were recorded in the same group at 52 weeks. No significant difference was observed in technical failure, pain scores, return to normal functioning, VCSS and recurrence rates post-intervention. Intragroup analysis: QoL measures (AVVQ, SF-36(®), EQ-5D) and VCSS scores demonstrated significant improvement at 12 and 52 weeks compared with baseline (P < 0.05). Increase in length of vein treated and energy delivery seems to improve short-term outcomes; however, operators need to be wary of a possible concurrent increase in paraesthetic complications.

  2. [Experience of endovenous radiofrequency combined with TriVex in treatment of chronic venous insufficiency in lower extremity].

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    Lin, Shao-Mang; Zhang, Zhi-Hui; Yao, Yan-Dan; Xiao, Jian-Bin

    2009-02-15

    To evaluate therapeutic results of endovenous radiofrequency in combination with TriVex in treatment of venous insufficiency in lower extremities. One hundred and fifty patients with chronic venous insufficiency (150 limbs) were randomly assigned to Group A (75 limbs) and Group B (75 limbs). Patients in Group A were treated with long saphenous veins radiofrequency ablation procedures in combination with TriVex. Patients in Group B were treated with long saphenous veins traditional stripping operation in combination with TriVex. The postoperative pain, average hospital stay and short-term results in hospital were compared between the two groups. Self-assessment of the operation 4 weeks after, changes of CEAP classification, venous clinical severity score (VCSS) and chronic venous insufficiency questionnaire (CIVIQ) score were compared between the two groups. The operation time in Group A was (67 +/- 11) min, compared with (59 +/- 9) min in Group B (P > 0.05). Postoperative pain and average hospital stay in Group A were significantly lower than those in Group B (P < 0.05). The scores of self-assessment of the operation in Group A was higher than that in Group B 4 weeks after operation (P < 0.05). The change of CEAP classification, VCSS and quality of life were significant after operation in both groups. The VCSS of Group A decreased by 4.6 +/- 2.5 compared with 4.3 +/- 2.7 in Group B (P > 0.05). Endovenous radiofrequency combined with TriVex for treatment of venous insufficiency in lower extremity is available, effective and with less trauma and faster recovery. CEAP classification, VCSS and CIVIQ are useful tools for assessing outcomes after radiofrequency in these patients.

  3. Radiofrequency Ablation for Liver Cancer.

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    Jacobs, Amy

    2015-01-01

    Interventional ablative technologies aided by imaging techniques such as ultrasonography, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging have been crucial in managing patients with primary liver cancer and liver metastases over the past 20 years. Several ablative technologies have been used to treat liver cancer; however, radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has emerged as the most common ablative therapy for hepatic lesions, both in the United States and globally. RFA is the treatment of choice for patients who cannot have surgical resection of the liver. This article focuses on the role of imaging in RFA treatment of primary and metastatic hepatic lesions.

  4. Outcomes of a single-center experience with classification and treatment of endothermal heat-induced thrombosis after endovenous ablation.

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    Korepta, Lindsey M; Watson, Jennifer J; Mansour, M Ashraf; Chambers, Christopher M; Cuff, Robert F; Slaikeu, Jason D; Wong, Peter Y

    2017-05-01

    Endothermal heat-induced thrombosis (EHIT) is a known complication of endothermal venous ablation procedures. EHIT can lead to deep vein thrombosis/pulmonary embolism, which cause significant disability and, rarely, death. Other studies have evaluated risk factors for EHIT. There is an accepted grading system for EHIT, but there is no consensus on treatment type, duration, or follow-up. We retrospectively evaluated all cases of EHIT after radiofrequency ablation or endovenous laser ablation at our institution during a 7-year period, focusing on classification, treatment, and outcomes of EHIT. The analysis included all patients aged >18 years who underwent radiofrequency ablation or endovenous laser ablation at our institution, Spectrum Health Hospital Vein Solutions (Grand Rapids, Mich), between January 1, 2008, and December 31, 2014. Electronic medical records were queried retrospectively to identify patients with EHIT during the study interval by International Classification of Diseases-Ninth Revision code. Demographic data, including age, gender, comorbidities (eg, history of deep venous thrombosis, hypercoagulable state, family history of blood clots, etc), body mass index, Clinical, Etiology, Anatomy, and Pathophysiology (CEAP) classification, and use of preoperative anticoagulation were collected for each patient in the registry. Each patient had a required postoperative duplex ultrasound (US) examination within 1 to 2 weeks of the procedure. Preoperative and postoperative US imaging data and procedure-specific data were also recorded for each patient. EHIT was graded from 1 to 4 by review of the US studies. Each patient's treatment course was reviewed for type of anticoagulation, duration of treatment, follow-up imaging, and outcome. From 2008 to 2014, 4799 ablations were performed at Spectrum Health Hospital Vein Center, and EHIT was identified in 70 patients. At presentation, 87% of patients were asymptomatic, 10% reported pain, and 2.9% reported swelling

  5. Radiofrequency Ablation of Metastatic Pheochromocytoma

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    Venkatesan, Aradhana M.; Locklin, Julia; Lai, Edwin W.; Adams, Karen T.; Fojo, Antonio Tito; Pacak, Karel; Wood, Bradford J.

    2013-01-01

    In the present report on the preliminary safety and effectiveness of radiofrequency (RF) ablation for pheochromocytoma metastases, seven metastases were treated in six patients (mean size, 3.4 cm; range, 2.2–6 cm). α- and β-adrenergic and catecholamine synthesis inhibition and intraprocedural anesthesia monitoring were used. Safety was assessed by recording ablation-related complications. Complete ablation was defined as a lack of enhancement within the ablation zone on follow-up computed tomography. No serious adverse sequelae were observed. Complete ablation was achieved in six of seven metastases (mean follow-up, 12.3 months; range, 2.5–28 months). In conclusion, RF ablation may be safely performed for metastatic pheochromocytoma given careful attention to peri-procedural management. PMID:19875067

  6. Endovenous Laser Ablation as a Treatment for Postsurgical Recurrent Saphenous Insufficiency

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    Anchala, Praveen R.; Wickman, Christopher; Chen, Richard; Faundeen, Tonya; Pearce, William; Narducy, Lisa; Resnick, Scott A.

    2010-10-15

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the safety and efficacy of endovenous laser ablation as a treatment for recurrent symptomatic saphenous insufficiency occurring after saphenous vein ligation and stripping. A single-center retrospective review of patients who received endovenous laser ablation as a treatment for recurrent symptomatic saphenous insufficiency after ligation and stripping between November 2003 and October 2006 was performed. Fifty-six insufficient saphenous systems were identified in 38 patients. Follow-up consisted of a clinical examination in all patients as well as selective lower-extremity duplex ultrasound as clinically indicated. All 38 patients demonstrated complete closure of the insufficient saphenous vein by clinical examination and/or duplex ultrasound evaluation. Preoperative symptoms resolved after treatment in all 38 patients. No major complications were identified. Endovenous laser ablation of recurrent symptomatic saphenous venous insufficiency is a safe and effective treatment in patients who develop recurrent symptoms after saphenous vein ligation and stripping.

  7. Endovenous obliteration with radiofrequency-resistive heating for greater saphenous vein insufficiency: a feasibility study.

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    Rautio, Tero T; Perälä, Jukka M; Wiik, Heikki T; Juvonen, Tatu S; Haukipuro, Kari A

    2002-06-01

    To assess the feasibility, safety, and clinical utility of ultrasound (US)- and fluoroscopy-guided endovenous saphenous vein obliteration with radiofrequency (RF)-resistive heating in the treatment of primary venous insufficiency. Thirty legs of 27 patients with mild to moderate varicose veins and primary greater saphenous vein (GSV) insufficiency diagnosed with duplex US were treated. An endovenous catheter was inserted via US-guided percutaneous puncture or a skin incision. Fluoroscopy and US were used to locate the electrodes at the saphenofemoral junction. GSVs were occluded with RF-resistive heating. Local phlebectomies or sclerotherapy were performed in all procedures to treat varicose veins and teleangiectases. Persistence of vein occlusion and complications potentially attributable to endovenous treatment were assessed at 1 week, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year. The mean follow-up time was 9.6 months (SD, 3.8 mo). By the time of the last follow-up visit, occlusion of the treated segment of the GSV had been achieved in 22 legs (73.3%). Persisting patency or recanalization of the GSV was detected in eight legs (26.7%). One patient (3.3%) had varicosity-related symptoms, and three treated legs (10%) had recurrent or new varicosities. Postoperative complications included saphenous nerve paresthesia in three legs (10%) and thermal skin injury in one limb (3.3%). Endovenous obliteration employing RF-resistive heating is a relatively safe and promising minimally invasive technique for the treatment of primary GSV insufficiency.

  8. US-Guided Femoral and Sciatic Nerve Blocks for Analgesia During Endovenous Laser Ablation

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    Yilmaz, Saim Ceken, Kagan; Alimoglu, Emel; Sindel, Timur

    2013-02-15

    Endovenous laser ablation may be associated with significant pain when performed under standard local tumescent anesthesia. The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy of femoral and sciatic nerve blocks for analgesia during endovenous ablation in patients with lower extremity venous insufficiency. During a 28-month period, ultrasound-guided femoral or sciatic nerve blocks were performed to provide analgesia during endovenous laser ablation in 506 legs and 307 patients. The femoral block (n = 402) was performed at the level of the inguinal ligament, and the sciatic block at the posterior midthigh (n = 124), by injecting a diluted lidocaine solution under ultrasound guidance. After the blocks, endovenous laser ablations and other treatments (phlebectomy or foam sclerotherapy) were performed in the standard fashion. After the procedures, a visual analogue pain scale (1-10) was used for pain assessment. After the blocks, pain scores were 0 or 1 (no pain) in 240 legs, 2 or 3 (uncomfortable) in 225 legs, and 4 or 5 (annoying) in 41 legs. Patients never experienced any pain higher than score 5. The statistical analysis revealed no significant difference between the pain scores of the right leg versus the left leg (p = 0.321) and between the pain scores after the femoral versus sciatic block (p = 0.7). Ultrasound-guided femoral and sciatic nerve blocks may provide considerable reduction of pain during endovenous laser and other treatments, such as ambulatory phlebectomy and foam sclerotherapy. They may make these procedures more comfortable for the patient and easier for the operator.

  9. Esophageal papilloma: Flexible endoscopic ablation by radiofrequency

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    del Genio, Gianmattia; del Genio, Federica; Schettino, Pietro; Limongelli, Paolo; Tolone, Salvatore; Brusciano, Luigi; Avellino, Manuela; Vitiello, Chiara; Docimo, Giovanni; Pezzullo, Angelo; Docimo, Ludovico

    2015-01-01

    Squamous papilloma of the esophagus is a rare benign lesion of the esophagus. Radiofrequency ablation is an established endoscopic technique for the eradication of Barrett esophagus. No cases of endoscopic ablation of esophageal papilloma by radiofrequency ablation (RFA) have been reported. We report a case of esophageal papilloma successfully treated with a single session of radiofrequency ablation. Endoscopic ablation of the lesion was achieved by radiofrequency using a new catheter inserted through the working channel of endoscope. The esophageal ablated tissue was removed by a specifically designed cup. Complete ablation was confirmed at 3 mo by endoscopy with biopsies. This case supports feasibility and safety of as a new potential indication for BarrxTM RFA in patients with esophageal papilloma. PMID:25789102

  10. Laser Navigation for Radiofrequency Ablation

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    Varro, Zoltan; Locklin, Julia K. Wood, Bradford J.

    2004-09-15

    A 45-year-old male with renal cell carcinoma secondary to von-Hippel Lindau (VHL) disease presented for radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of kidney tumors. Due to his prior history of several partial nephrectomies and limited renal reserve, RFA was chosen because of its relatively nephron-sparing nature. A laser guidance device was used to help guide probe placement in an attempt to reduce procedure time and improve targeting accuracy. The device was successful at guiding needle placement, as both tumors were located with a single pass. Follow-up CT scan confirmed accurate needle placement, showing an area of coagulation necrosis covering the previously seen tumor.

  11. Chronic venous disease treated with endovenous microwave ablation: long-terms results and quality of life.

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    Subwongcharoen, Somboon; Chitwiset, Seksan

    2014-11-01

    Microwave ablation is considered to be safe for treatment in chronic venous disease patients, but data is lacking about its long-terms results. The present study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of endovenous microwave ablation. From January 2009-June 2012, 100 patients underwent endovenous microwave ablation. Demographic data, post-operative complication, and CIVIQ-2 questionnaire scores were recorded. Microwave energy was set at 50-65 watts and the pull back speed was 3 cm/minute. C2 was a common finding, (59.6%). Mean follow-up time was 25.2 months and the most immediate complication was numbness (32.1%) with permanent numbness at 3.8%. Quality of life as determined by CIVIQ-2 score changedfrom 32 before operation to 24 after operation (p<0.001). Complete venous occlusion rate was 79.8% and the rate of partial venous occlusion with no venous reflux was 8.7%. Endovenous microwave ablation can be used safely. It could be an alternative treatment for patients with chronic venous disease.

  12. Radiofrequency Ablation: A Nursing Perspective

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    Locklin, Julia K.; Wood, Bradford J.

    2008-01-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has emerged as a safe and predictable technology for treating certain patients with cancer who otherwise have few treatment options. Nurses need to be familiar with all phases of the RFA procedure to create an optimal environment for patients. This article offers a brief review of the RFA procedure and nurses' responsibilities in caring for these patients. Before RFA, nurses should focus on patient education and aggressive hydration. During the procedure, nurses can prevent injury by placing grounding pads appropriately, monitoring vital signs, and medicating patients as needed. After RFA, nurses should assess the skin puncture site, provide adequate pain relief, and, again, hydrate patients. Nurses who care appropriately for RFA recipients may help to improve patient outcomes and make an otherwise frightening procedure more comfortable. PMID:15973845

  13. Radiofrequency Ablation of Liver Tumors

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    ... Other equipment such as needle electrodes, an electrical generator and grounding pads may also be used. Radiofrequency ... retractable electrodes that extend when needed. The radiofrequency generator produces electrical currents in the range of radiofrequency ...

  14. [Endovenous thermal treatment of varices of the lower extremities].

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    Bækgaard, Niels; Schroeder, Torben V

    2011-03-28

    Using a systematic review process, we identified 15 randomised controlled trials comparing either of the two endovenous thermal techniques, radiofrequency or laser ablation, with conventional open surgery for great saphenous varicose veins. The majority of trials were small and had short-term follow-up only. In general, we found no difference in reflux or recurrences in the short term. Endovenously treated patients seemed to be on sick leave for a shorter period of time than patients having undergone open surgery.

  15. Radiofrequency Ablation to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death.

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    Atoui, Moustapha; Gunda, Sampath; Lakkireddy, Dhanunjaya; Mahapatra, Srijoy

    2015-01-01

    Radiofrequency ablation may prevent or treat atrial and ventricular arrhythmias. Since some of these arrhythmias are associated with sudden cardiac death, it has been hypothesized that ablation may prevent sudden death in certain cases. We performed a literature search to better understand under which circumstances ablation may prevent sudden death and found little randomized data demonstrating the long-term effects of ablation. Current literature shows that ablation clearly prevents symptoms of arrhythmia and may reduce the incidence of sudden cardiac death in select patients, although data does not indicate improved mortality. Ongoing clinical trials are needed to better define the role of ablation in preventing sudden cardiac death.

  16. [RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION FOR THE TREATMENT OF VARICOSE VEINS].

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    Sugiyama, Satoru; Miyade, Yoshio; Inaki, Yasuhiko

    2015-05-01

    Significant advances in the endovenous technique for treating incompetent saphenous veins could change the surgical strategy in patients with varicose veins. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) was approved as a new technique for the treatment of varicose veins in Japan in June 2014. In RFA, the ablation temperature is controlled by a sensor at the upper end of the catheter. The vein wall is heated with stable conductive power of 120 degrees C, resulting in endothelial denudation. The RFA method was approved in 1998 in Europe and in 1999 in the USA. The ClosurePLUS catheter was developed in 2003 and ClosureFAST in 2006. High occlusion rates and lower postoperative complication rates were reported with ClosureFAST than with ClosurePLUS. It is expected that this new ablation technique will control saphenous vein reflux with less pain and less ecchymosis after surgery. The treatment of varicose veins is less invasive with RFA devices and will become widely accepted as an alternative to conventional surgery for varicose veins in Japan.

  17. Percutaneous Radiofrequency Ablation of Nodal Metastases

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    Gervais, Debra A.; Arellano, Ronald S.; Mueller, Peter R.

    2002-12-15

    We report our experience with percutaneous image-guided radiofrequency (RF) ablation to treat isolated nodal metastases. Four patients underwent image-guided percutaneous RF ablation of metastatic disease involving retrocrural nodes,retroperitoneal nodes, or pelvic nodes. Coagulation necrosis was achieved in all cases.

  18. Radiofrequency Ablation Beyond the Liver

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    Neeman, Ziv; Wood, Bradford J.

    2008-01-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has begun to show promise for extrahepatic indications. Although much of the reported work on image-guided RFA of liver neoplasms is quite promising, it is even earlier in the evaluation and validation process for extrahepatic RFA, with few short-term and no long-term studies reported. Although there are much more data for liver RFA with almost 3,000 cases reported in the literature, there are a number of ongoing investigations of RFA for tumors in the kidney, lung, bone, breast, bone, and adrenal gland. Debulking and pain control with RFA present palliative options becoming increasingly popular weapons in the interventionalist's oncology arsenal. Metastatic disease with a wide variety of primary histologies in a myriad of locations may be treated with RFA after a careful consideration of the risk-to-benefit ratio balance. The RFA technique can be slightly different outside the liver. Specifically, differing dielectric tissue characteristics may markedly alter the RFA treatment. Each different RFA system has a unique risk and advantage profile. Extrahepatic indications and contraindications will be suggested. Treatment tips and the unique complications and considerations will be introduced for some of the more common extrahepatic locations. PMID:12524646

  19. The effect of distraction on pain perception during an endovenous thermal ablation procedure.

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    van Zandvoort, Carina Eg; Toonder, Irwin M; Stoopendaal, Irma Aj; Wittens, Cees Ha

    2016-08-01

    To determine whether audio and visual distraction can affect the pain perception of a patient undergoing endovenous thermal ablation under tumescent anesthesia. Patients underwent an endovenous thermal ablation procedure and were randomized into two groups: non-distraction (AVD-) and with distraction (AVD+). Visual analogue scale pain score and hospital anxiety depression scale scores were used to measure outcome. The recruited patients were asked to submit an anticipated visual analogue scale pain score prior to treatment as well as the actual experienced post-operative visual analogue scale pain score. There was no significant difference between the AVD- and AVD+ groups post-operative pain score 2.85 (SD 1.7) versus 2.60 (SD 2.3), p = 0.68. Pain score in women with distraction (AVD+) decreased from 3.81 to 2.42. The pain score in men with distraction (AVD+) increases from 1.88 to 2.82. In the AVD- group, a significant difference was found between men and women (p = 0.014). Disregarding gender, a significant difference was found between the anticipated pain score and the actual pain score in both the AVD- group (p = 0.009) and AVD+ group (p = 0.021). There was a correlation between depression and the pain score, which was not seen between pain and anxiety score. The results suggested that audiovisual distraction has no influence on the visual analogue scale pain score during endovenous thermal ablation under tumescent anesthesia. Despite this, patients appreciate and evaluate audio and visual distraction as pleasant to extremely pleasant when applied. © The Author(s) 2015.

  20. Guidelines of the First International Consensus Conference on Endovenous Thermal Ablation for Varicose Vein Disease--ETAV Consensus Meeting 2012.

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    Pavlović, Miloš D; Schuller-Petrović, Sanja; Pichot, Olivier; Rabe, Eberhard; Maurins, Uldis; Morrison, Nick; Pannier, Felizitas

    2015-05-01

    Endovenous thermal ablation (ETA) procedures are catheter-directed, ultrasound (US)-guided thermal methods for treatment in varicose veins disease. Radiofrequency, laser or steam energy thermally denatures vein wall collagen, leading first to vein wall inflammation, then fibrosis and finally to occlusion. The aim of this guideline is to give evidence-based recommendations for ETA procedures. These guidelines were drafted during a consensus meeting of a group of experts in the field of ETA in June 2012 (Hvar, Croatia) under the auspices of the International Union of Phlebology (IUP). These guidelines review the present state of knowledge as reflected in peer-reviewed published medical literature. The recommendations of these guidelines are graded according to the American College of Chest Physicians Task Force recommendations on Grading Strength of Recommendations and Quality of Evidence in Clinical Guidelines. Recommendations on the use of ETA procedures were made based on the quality of evidence for efficacy, safety, tolerability, cosmetic outcome, patient satisfaction/preference and, where appropriate, on the experts' opinion. Health economics were not considered, since differences in national health systems and pricing make it difficult to form general conclusions that are relevant at an international level. © The Author(s) 2014 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav.

  1. Therapy of HCC-radiofrequency ablation.

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    Buscarini, L; Buscarini, E

    2001-01-01

    Radiofrequency interstitial hyperthermia has been used for percutaneous ablation of hepatocellular carcinoma, under ultrasound guidance in local anesthesia. Conventional needle electrodes require a mean number of 3 sessions to treat tumors of diameter < or = 3 cm. Tumors up to 3.5 cm in diameter can be treated in 1 or 2 sessions by expandable needle electrodes. With both methods in all treated cases, ablation of tumors was obtained. In a group of patients with long follow-up, survival rate at 5 years was 40%. In a mean follow-up of 23 months 41% of patients had recurrences (local recurrences in 5%; new lesions in 36%), which often could be retreated by a new course of radiofrequency application. In recent experience large hepatocellular carcinomas (up to 6.8 cm in diameter) were treated by a combination of segmental transcatheter arterial embolization followed by radiofrequency application. In this way most tumors were ablated in one session of radiofrequency therapy. No fatal complications were observed. Major complications were: strong pain due to capsular necrosis in one patient; hemotorax in one case; a fluid collection in the site of ablated tumor in one patient treated by combination of transcatheter arterial embolization and radiofrequency application.

  2. Factors affecting optimal linear endovenous energy density for endovenous laser ablation in incompetent lower limb truncal veins - A review of the clinical evidence.

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    Cowpland, Christine A; Cleese, Amy L; Whiteley, Mark S

    2017-06-01

    Objectives The objective is to identify the factors that affect the optimal linear endovenous energy density (LEED) to ablate incompetent truncal veins. Methods We performed a literature review of clinical studies, which reported truncal vein ablation rates and LEED. A PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis) flow diagram documents the search strategy. We analysed 13 clinical papers which fulfilled the criteria to be able to compare results of great saphenous vein occlusion as defined by venous duplex ultrasound, with the LEED used in the treatment. Results Evidence suggests that the optimal LEED for endovenous laser ablation of the great saphenous vein is >80 J/cm and <100 J/cm in terms of optimal closure rates with minimal side-effects and complications. Longer wavelengths targeting water might have a lower optimal LEED. A LEED <60 J/cm has reduced efficacy regardless of wavelength. The optimal LEED may vary with vein diameter and may be reduced by using specially shaped fibre tips. Laser delivery technique and type as well as the duration time of energy delivery appear to play a role in determining LEED. Conclusion The optimal LEED to ablate an incompetent great saphenous vein appears to be >80 J/cm and <95 J/cm based on current evidence for shorter wavelength lasers. There is evidence that longer wavelength lasers may be effective at LEEDs of <85 J/cm.

  3. Fluoroscopy-guided endovenous sclerotherapy using a microcatheter prior to endovenous laser ablation: comparison between liquid and foam sclerotherapy for varicose tributaries.

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    Park, Sang Woo; Yun, Ik Jin; Hwang, Jae Joon; Lee, Song Am; Kim, Jun Seok; Chee, Hyun Keun; Chang, Il Soo

    2014-01-01

    To compare the efficacy and adverse effects of endovenous foam sclerotherapy (EFS) and liquid sclerotherapy (ELS) using a microcatheter for the treatment of varicose tributaries. From December 2007 to January 2009, patients with venous reflux in the saphenous vein were enrolled. The foam or liquid sclerosant was injected through a microcatheter just before endovenous laser ablation (EVLA). Patients were evaluated for the technical success, clinical success, and procedure-related complications during the procedure and follow-up visits. A total of 94 limbs were included: 48 limbs (great saphenous vein [GSV], 35; small saphenous vein [SSV], 13) were managed using EFS and EVLA (foam group; FG), and 46 limbs (GSV, 37; SSV, 9) were treated by ELS and EVLA (liquid group; LG). Varicose tributaries demonstrated complete sclerosis in 92.7% with FG and in 71.8% with LG (p = 0.014). Bruising (78.7% in FG vs. 73.2% in LG, p > 0.05), pain or tenderness (75.6% in FG vs. 51.2% in LG, p = 0.0237) were noted. Hyperpigmentation (51.2% in FG vs. 46.2% in LG, p > 0.05) was found. Endovenous foam sclerotherapy using a microcatheter is more effective than ELS for eliminating remnant varicose tributaries prior to EVLA. However, EFS is more commonly associated with local complications such as pain or tenderness than ELS. Furthermore, both techniques seem to prolong the duration of hyperpigmentation along with higher costs.

  4. Characterization of tracked radiofrequency ablation in phantom

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    Chen, Chun-Cheng R.; Miga, Michael I.; Galloway, Robert L.

    2007-10-15

    In radiofrequency ablation (RFA), successful therapy requires accurate, image-guided placement of the ablation device in a location selected by a predictive treatment plan. Current planning methods rely on geometric models of ablations that are not sensitive to underlying physical processes in RFA. Implementing plans based on computational models of RFA with image-guided techniques, however, has not been well characterized. To study the use of computational models of RFA in planning needle placement, this work compared ablations performed with an optically tracked RFA device with corresponding models of the ablations. The calibration of the tracked device allowed the positions of distal features of the device, particularly the tips of the needle electrodes, to be determined to within 1.4{+-}0.6 mm of uncertainty. Ablations were then performed using the tracked device in a phantom system based on an agarose-albumin mixture. Images of the sliced phantom obtained from the ablation experiments were then compared with the predictions of a bioheat transfer model of RFA, which used the positional data of the tracked device obtained during ablation. The model was demonstrated to predict 90% of imaged pixels classified as being ablated. The discrepancies between model predictions and observations were analyzed and attributed to needle tracking inaccuracy as well as to uncertainties in model parameters. The results suggest the feasibility of using finite element modeling to plan ablations with predictable outcomes when implemented using tracked RFA.

  5. Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA): a review of mechanisms, modeling outcomes, and issues for debate.

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    Malskat, Wendy S J; Poluektova, Anna A; van der Geld, Cees W M; Neumann, H A Martino; Weiss, Robert A; Bruijninckx, Cornelis M A; van Gemert, Martin J C

    2014-03-01

    Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is a commonly used and very effective minimally invasive therapy to manage leg varicosities. Yet, and despite a clinical history of 16 years, no international consensus on a best treatment protocol has been reached so far. Evidence presented in this paper supports the opinion that insufficient knowledge of the underlying physics amongst frequent users could explain this shortcoming. In this review, we will examine the possible modes of action of EVLA, hoping that better understanding of EVLA-related physics stimulates critical appraisal of claims made concerning the efficacy of EVLA devices, and may advance identifying a best possible treatment protocol. Finally, physical arguments are presented to debate on long-standing, but often unfounded, clinical opinions and habits. This includes issues such as (1) the importance of laser power versus the lack of clinical relevance of laser energy (Joule) as used in Joule per centimeter vein length, i.e., in linear endovenous energy density (LEED), and Joule per square centimeter vein wall area, (2) the predicted effectiveness of a higher power and faster pullback velocity, (3) the irrelevance of whether laser light is absorbed by hemoglobin or water, and (4) the effectiveness of reducing the vein diameter during EVLA therapy.

  6. Suitability of Varicose Veins for Endovenous Treatments

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    Goode, S. D.; Kuhan, G.; Altaf, N.; Simpson, R.; Beech, A.; Richards, T.; MacSweeney, S. T.; Braithwaite, B. D.

    2009-09-15

    The aim of the study was to assess the suitability of radiofrequency ablation (RFA), endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), and foam sclerotherapy (FS) for patients with symptomatic varicose veins (VVs). The study comprised 403 consecutive patients with symptomatic VVs. Data on 577 legs from 403 consecutive patients with symptomatic VVs were collected for the year 2006. Median patient age was 55 years (interquartile range 45-66), and 62% patients were women. A set of criteria based on duplex ultrasonography was used to select patients for each procedure. Great saphenous vein (GSV) reflux was present in 77% (446 of 577) of legs. Overall, 328 (73%) of the legs were suitable for at least one of the endovenous options. Of the 114 legs with recurrent GSV reflux disease, 83 (73%) were suitable to receive endovenous therapy. Patients with increasing age were less likely to be suitable for endovenous therapy (P = 0.03). Seventy-three percent of patients with VVs caused by GSV incompetence are suitable for endovenous therapy.

  7. The heat-pipe resembling action of boiling bubbles in endovenous laser ablation.

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    van der Geld, Cees W M; van den Bos, Renate R; van Ruijven, Peter W M; Nijsten, Tamar; Neumann, H A Martino; van Gemert, Martin J C

    2010-11-01

    Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) produces boiling bubbles emerging from pores within the hot fiber tip and traveling over a distal length of about 20 mm before condensing. This evaporation-condensation mechanism makes the vein act like a heat pipe, where very efficient heat transport maintains a constant temperature, the saturation temperature of 100 degrees C, over the volume where these non-condensing bubbles exist. During EVLA the above-mentioned observations indicate that a venous cylindrical volume with a length of about 20 mm is kept at 100 degrees C. Pullback velocities of a few mm/s then cause at least the upper part of the treated vein wall to remain close to 100 degrees C for a time sufficient to cause irreversible injury. In conclusion, we propose that the mechanism of action of boiling bubbles during EVLA is an efficient heat-pipe resembling way of heating of the vein wall.

  8. Endovenous laser ablation with and without high ligation compared to high ligation and stripping for treatment of great saphenous varicose veins: Results of a multicentre randomised controlled trial with up to 6 years follow-up.

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    Flessenkämper, I; Hartmann, M; Hartmann, K; Stenger, D; Roll, S

    2016-02-01

    High ligation and stripping was compared to endovenous laser ablation for the therapy of great saphenous vein varicosity. Long-term efficacy was assessed in terms of avoidance of inguinal reflux and mechanisms of recurrence were investigated. Multicentre, randomised, three-arm, parallel trial. A total of 449 patients were randomised into three different treatment groups: high ligation and stripping group (n = 159), endovenous laser ablation group (n = 142; 980 nm, 30 W continuous mode, bare fibre) or a combination of laser ablation with high ligation (endovenous laser ablation group/ high ligation group, n = 148). Patients were examined clinically and by duplex ultrasound once a year.The primary end point of this study is inguinal reflux at the saphenofemoral junction after 2 years. This paper presents secondary data on sonographically determined inguinal reflux and clinical recurrences in the treated area after up to 6 years of follow-up. Median time to follow-up was 4.0 years; the mean time follow-up 3.6 years. Follow-up rates were: 2 years 74%, 3 years 47%, 4 years 39%, 5 years 36% and 6 years 31%. Most reflux into the great saphenous vein appeared in the endovenous laser ablation group (after 6 years: high ligation/stripping versus endovenous laser ablation p = 0.0102; high ligation/endovenous laser ablation vs. endovenous laser ablation p < 0.0002). Furthermore, more refluxive side branches were also observed in the endovenous laser ablation group (after 6 years high ligation/stripping vs. endovenous laser ablation p = 0.0569; high ligation/endovenous laser ablation vs. endovenous laser ablation p = 0.0111). In terms of clinical recurrence during the 6 years post therapy, no significant differences between the three treatment groups were observed (p values from log-rank test: high ligation/stripping vs. endovenous laser ablation p = 0.5479; high ligation/stripping vs. high ligation/endovenous laser ablation p = 0

  9. Comparison of Wet Radiofrequency Ablation with Dry Radiofrequency Ablation and Radiofrequency Ablation Using Hypertonic Saline Preinjection: Ex Vivo Bovine Liver

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    Lee, Jeong Min; Kim, Se Hyung; Shin, Kyung Sook; Lee, Jae Young; Park, Hee Sun; Hur, Hurn; Choi, Byung Ihn

    2004-01-01

    Objective We wished to compare the in-vitro efficiency of wet radiofrequency (RF) ablation with the efficiency of dry RF ablation and RF ablation with preinjection of NaCl solutions using excised bovine liver. Materials and Methods Radiofrequency was applied to excised bovine livers in a monopolar mode for 10 minutes using a 200 W generator and a perfused-cooled electrode with or without injection or slow infusion of NaCl solutions. After placing the perfused-cooled electrode in the explanted liver, 50 ablation zones were created with five different regimens: group A; standard dry RF ablation, group B; RF ablation with 11 mL of 5% NaCl solution preinjection, group C; RF ablation with infusion of 11 mL of 5% NaCl solution at a rate of 1 mL/min, group D; RFA with 6 mL of 36% NaCl solution preinjection, group E; RF ablation with infusion of 6 mL of 36% NaCl solution at a rate of 0.5 mL/min. In groups C and E, infusion of the NaCl solutions was started 1 min before RF ablation and then maintained during RF ablation (wet RF ablation). During RF ablation, we measured the tissue temperature at 15 mm from the electrode. The dimensions of the ablation zones and changes in impedance, current and liver temperature during RF ablation were then compared between the groups. Results With injection or infusion of NaCl solutions, the mean initial tissue impedance prior to RF ablation was significantly less in groups B, C, D, and E (43-75 Ω) than for group A (80 Ω) (p < 0.05). During RF ablation, the tissue impedance was well controlled in groups C and E, but it was often rapidly increased to more than 200 Ω in groups A and B. In group D, the impedance was well controlled in six of ten trials but it was increased in four trials (40%) 7 min after starting RF ablation. As consequences, the mean current was higher for groups C, D, and E than for the other groups: 401 ± 145 mA in group A, 287 ± 32 mA in group B, 1907 ± 96 mA in group C, 1649 ± 514 mA in group D, and 1968 ± 108 m

  10. Basic aspects of radiofrequency catheter ablation.

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    Nath, S; DiMarco, J P; Haines, D E

    1994-10-01

    Radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation has become the treatment of choice for many symptomatic cardiac arrhythmias. It is presumed that the primary cause of tissue injury by RF ablation is thermally mediated, resulting in a relatively discrete homogeneous lesion. The mechanism by which RF current heats tissue is resistive heating of a narrow rim (< 1 mm) of tissue that is in direct contact with the ablation electrode. Deeper tissue heating occurs as a result of passive heat conduction from this small region of volume heating. Lesion size is proportional to the temperature at the electrode-tissue interface and the size of the ablation electrode. Temperatures above 50 degrees C are required for irreversible myocardial injury, but temperatures above 100 degrees C result in coagulum formation on the ablation electrode, a rapid rise in electrical impedance, and loss of effective tissue heating. Lesion formation is also dependent on optimal electrode-tissue contact and duration of RF delivery. Newer developments in RF ablation include temperature monitoring, longer ablation electrodes coupled to high-powered RF generators, and novel ablation electrode designs.

  11. Pulmonary radiofrequency ablation (Part 1): current state.

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    Plasencia Martínez, J M

    2015-01-01

    The risks involved in surgical treatment and conventional radiotherapy in patients with early lung cancer or lung metastases often make these treatments difficult to justify. However, on the other hand, it is also unacceptable to allow these lesions to evolve freely because, left untreated, these neoplasms will usually lead to the death of the patient. In recent years, alternative local therapies have been developed, such as pulmonary radiofrequency ablation, which has proven to increase survival with a minimal risk of complications. There are common recommendations for these treatments, and although the specific indications for using one technique or another have yet to be established, there are clearly defined situations that will determine the outcome of the treatment. It is important to know these situations, because appropriate patient selection is essential for therapeutic success. This article aims to describe the characteristics and constraints of pulmonary radiofrequency ablation and to outline its role in thoracic oncology in light of the current evidence.

  12. Pulmonary vein stenosis after catheter ablation: electroporation versus radiofrequency.

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    van Driel, Vincent J H M; Neven, Kars G E J; van Wessel, Harry; du Pré, Bastiaan C; Vink, Aryan; Doevendans, Pieter A F M; Wittkampf, Fred H M

    2014-08-01

    Radiofrequency ablation inside pulmonary vein (PV) ostia can cause PV stenosis. A novel alternative method of ablation is irreversible electroporation, but the long-term response of PVs to electroporation ablation is unknown. In ten 6-month-old pigs (60-75 kg), the response of PVs to circular electroporation and radiofrequency ablation was compared. Ten consecutive, nonarcing, electroporation applications of 200 J were delivered 5 to 10 mm inside 1 of the 2 main PVs, using a custom-deflectable, 18-mm circular decapolar catheter. Inside the other PV, circular radiofrequency ablation was performed using 30 W radiofrequency applications via an irrigated 4-mm ablation catheter. PV angiograms were made before ablation, immediately after ablation, and after 3-month survival. PV diameters and heart size were measured. With electroporation ablation, PV ostial diameter decreased 11±10% directly after ablation, but had increased 19±11% after 3 months. With radiofrequency ablation, PV ostial diameter decreased 23±15% directly after ablation and remained 7±17% smaller after 3 months compared with preablation diameter despite a 21±7% increase in heart size during aging from 6 to 9 months. In this porcine model, multiple circumferential 200-J electroporation applications inside the PV ostia do not affect PV diameter at 3-month follow-up. Radiofrequency ablation inside PV ostia causes considerable PV stenosis directly after ablation, which persists after 3 months. © 2014 American Heart Association, Inc.

  13. Endovenous laser ablation of varicose veins with the 1470-nm diode laser.

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    Schwarz, Thomas; von Hodenberg, Eva; Furtwängler, Christian; Rastan, Aljoscha; Zeller, Thomas; Neumann, Franz-Josef

    2010-06-01

    Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is one of the most accepted treatment options for varicose veins. In previous studies conducted with a laser at 810 to 1320 nm, paresthesia, pain, and ecchymosis were common adverse effects. We hypothesized that a lower linear endovenous energy density (LEED), as used with 1470-nm diode laser fibers, would lead to a reduction in adverse events. We conducted a prospective, nonrandomized observational cohort study of 312 consecutively treated lower limbs legs in 286 patients. Of these, a bare laser fiber (ELVeS-plus kit) was used to treat 168 legs in 150 patients (group 1), and a radial fiber (ELVeS-radial kit) was used in 144 legs in 136 patients (group 2). Laser treatment was performed in the great saphenous vein. Follow-up for all patients was 3 months. The primary end point was the occurrence of ecchymosis and bruising. This was correlated to the reduced LEED needed with the 1470-nm diode laser. Laser fiber (odds ratio [OR], 22.3; 95% confidence interval [CI], 20.2-24.5) and body mass index (OR, 0.35; 95% CI, 0.15-0.55) were identified as independent parameters for LEED. In group 2 compared with group 1, LEED in the great saphenous vein could be reduced from 79.4 +/- 9.1 to 57.4 +/- 10 J/cm (P < .0001). LEED was an independent parameter for skin bleeding (OR, 1.04; 95% CI, 1.017-1.058). Ecchymosis and bruising were significantly less frequent in group 2 than in group 1 (P < .0001). The need for analgesia was low, with 103.08 +/- 15.34 mg diclofenac-sodium in group 1 vs 82.08 +/- 18.86 mg in group 2 (P < .04). Occlusion with elimination of reflux was achieved in 100% of group 1 and group 2 (P < 1). No recanalization occurred at follow-up. Endovenous laser treatment of varicose veins in the great saphenous vein with the 1470-nm diode laser is safe and highly effective. The lower energy level needed using the radial laser fiber significantly minimized adverse effects compared with the bare laser fiber. Copyright (c) 2010 Society for

  14. Effects of endovenous laser ablation on vascular tissue: molecular genetics approach

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    Alur, İhsan; Dodurga, Yavuz; Güneş, Tevfik; Eroglu, Canan; Durna, Fırat; Türk, Nilay Şen; Adıgüzel, Esat; Emrecan, Bilgin

    2015-01-01

    Background: Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is a treatment option for lower extremity varicose veins. In the present study, we investigate to the genetic changes and possibility of living tissue in the saphenous vein wall after the EVLA procedure. Methods: Eleven saphenous vein grafts were randomized in two groups: (1) 4 cm SVG segments of performed EVLA procedure in study group, (2) 4 cm segments of SVG none performed EVLA procedure in control group. SVG were taken from the remnants of distal saphenous vein grafts prepared for the bypass procedure but not used. SVG was approximately 8 cm in length and was divided into two parts 4 cm in length. One half was exposed to laser energy, while the other half of the same vein graft was untreated as a control. EVLA was performed on complete saphenous veins in the study group. Abnormal genetic changes of the SVG were observed with a Tri-Reagent method and quantified with a Nanodrop™ spectrophotometer. Results: Histopathological changes indicated that the intima including the endothelium was completely necrotized in the study group. It was observed that intimal thermal-energy-induced injury did not reach the media. Histopathological examination showed that homogenous eosinophilic discoloration and coagulation necrosis characterized the laser related thermal damage as well. Conclusions: In this preliminary study, we found that living tissue remained in the SVG wall after application of laser ablation, and we also detected abnormal genetic changes in the study group compared with the control group. PMID:26379903

  15. CT-guided radiofrequency tumor ablation in children.

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    Botsa, Evanthia; Poulou, Loukia S; Koutsogiannis, Ioannis; Ziakas, Panayiotis D; Koundouraki, Antonia; Alexopoulou, Efthimia; Thanos, Loukas

    2014-11-01

    Image-guided radiofrequency ablation is a well-accepted technique of interventional oncology in adults. To evaluate the efficacy and safety of CT-guided radiofrequency ablation as a minimally invasive treatment for metastatic neoplasms in children. A total of 15 radiofrequency ablation sessions were performed in 12 children and young adults (median age 9.5; range 5-18 years) with metastatic malignancies. Seven children and young adults had secondary hepatic lesions, three had pulmonary and two had bone lesions. Radiofrequency ablation was performed under conscious sedation. The median lesion size was 1.7 cm (range 1.3-2.8 cm). The median time for ablation was 8 min (range 7-10 min). Radiofrequency procedures were technically successful in all tumors. Postablation imaging immediately after, and 1 month and 3 months after radiofrequency ablation showed total necrosis in all patients. At 6-month follow-up, three patients (all with lesion size >2 cm) had local recurrence and underwent a second radiofrequency ablation session. At 2-year follow-up no patient had recurrence of the treated tumor. Post-ablation syndrome occurred in four children. No major complication occurred. CT-guided radiofrequency tumor ablation was safe and efficient for palliative treatment in our cohort of patients.

  16. Endovenous Laser Ablation and Concomitant Foam Sclerotherapy: Experience in 504 Patients

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    Yilmaz, Saim Ceken, Kagan; Alparslan, Ahmet; Durmaz, Sedat; Sindel, Timur

    2012-12-15

    Purpose: To investigate the value of endovenous laser ablation (ELA) and concomitant ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy (USGFS) in patients with chronic venous insufficiency. Methods: During a 6-year period, concomitant USGFS of the varicose veins were performed in 504 out of 610 patients who underwent ELA for truncal or perforating vein insufficiency. In these 504 patients (944 legs; bilateral in 440 patients), the incompetent veins were greater saphenous vein in 615 legs, small saphenous vein in 118 veins, perforating veins in 42 legs, and a combination of these in 169 legs. In all patients, after ELA of the incompetent veins, USGFS was performed for the remaining varicosities with 1-3% polidocanol foam. Patients were followed up clinically and with color Doppler ultrasound at 1, 6, and 12 months. Results: ELA was technically successful in all cases, although another venous puncture was necessary in 29 legs. Concomitant USGFS was also technically successful in all cases, but one to three additional sclerotherapy sessions were performed in 203 legs with persistent varicosities. During the follow-up, recanalization of the laser-ablated refluxing veins occurred in 16 legs (1.7%) and was treated with repeat ELA or USGFS. Major complications occurred in 1.4% of the treated legs and included skin necrosis and calf vein thrombosis. Conclusion: ELA and concomitant foam sclerotherapy is feasible and effective. The procedures are associated with a low complication rate and can be performed in both legs in the same session. Concomitant use of laser and foam may potentially decrease the recanalization rate of laser-ablated vessels.

  17. Management of endovenous heat-induced thrombus using a classification system and treatment algorithm following segmental thermal ablation of the small saphenous vein.

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    Harlander-Locke, Michael; Jimenez, Juan Carlos; Lawrence, Peter F; Derubertis, Brian G; Rigberg, David A; Gelabert, Hugh A; Farley, Steven M

    2013-08-01

    We evaluated our experience with segmental radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the small saphenous vein (SSV), a less common procedure than great saphenous vein ablation, and developed a classification system and algorithm for endovenous heat-induced thrombus (EHIT), based on modifications of our prior algorithm of EHIT following great saphenous ablation. Endovenous ablation was performed on symptomatic patients with incompetent SSVs following a minimum of 3 months of compression therapy. Demographic data, risk factors, CEAP classification, procedure details, and follow-up data were recorded. A four-tier classification system and treatment algorithm was developed, based on EHIT proximity to the popliteal vein. Eighty limbs (in 76 patients) were treated with RFA of the SSV between January 2008 and August 2012. Duplex ultrasound was performed between 24 and 72 hours postprocedure in all patients. Ablation was successful in 98.7% (79/80) of procedures. Sixty-eight (85%) patients had level A closures (≥ 1 mm caudal to popliteal vein) and 10 patients (13%) had level B closures (flush with popliteal vein) and were observed. Two limbs (3%) had EHIT extending into the popliteal vein (level C) and were treated with outpatient low-molecular-weight heparin anticoagulation. Thrombus retracted to the level of the saphenopopliteal junction in both patients following a short course of anticoagulation. No patient developed an occlusive deep vein thrombosis (DVT) (level D). Mean follow-up period was 6.2 months; no patient had small saphenous recanalization, occlusive DVT, or pulmonary embolus. The presence or absence of the Giacomini vein was not predictive of level B and C closure. RFA of the SSV in symptomatic patients has a high success rate with a low risk of DVT. A classification system and treatment protocol based on the level of EHIT in relation to the saphenopopliteal junction is useful in managing patients. The approach to patients with thrombus flush with the popliteal

  18. Photoacoustic characterization of radiofrequency ablation lesions

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    Bouchard, Richard; Dana, Nicholas; Di Biase, Luigi; Natale, Andrea; Emelianov, Stanislav

    2012-02-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) procedures are used to destroy abnormal electrical pathways in the heart that can cause cardiac arrhythmias. Current methods relying on fluoroscopy, echocardiography and electrical conduction mapping are unable to accurately assess ablation lesion size. In an effort to better visualize RFA lesions, photoacoustic (PA) and ultrasonic (US) imaging were utilized to obtain co-registered images of ablated porcine cardiac tissue. The left ventricular free wall of fresh (i.e., never frozen) porcine hearts was harvested within 24 hours of the animals' sacrifice. A THERMOCOOLR Ablation System (Biosense Webster, Inc.) operating at 40 W for 30-60 s was used to induce lesions through the endocardial and epicardial walls of the cardiac samples. Following lesion creation, the ablated tissue samples were placed in 25 °C saline to allow for multi-wavelength PA imaging. Samples were imaged with a VevoR 2100 ultrasound system (VisualSonics, Inc.) using a modified 20-MHz array that could provide laser irradiation to the sample from a pulsed tunable laser (Newport Corp.) to allow for co-registered photoacoustic-ultrasound (PAUS) imaging. PA imaging was conducted from 750-1064 nm, with a surface fluence of approximately 15 mJ/cm2 maintained during imaging. In this preliminary study with PA imaging, the ablated region could be well visualized on the surface of the sample, with contrasts of 6-10 dB achieved at 750 nm. Although imaging penetration depth is a concern, PA imaging shows promise in being able to reliably visualize RF ablation lesions.

  19. Radiofrequency ablation for benign thyroid nodules.

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    Bernardi, S; Stacul, F; Zecchin, M; Dobrinja, C; Zanconati, F; Fabris, B

    2016-09-01

    Benign thyroid nodules are an extremely common occurrence. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is gaining ground as an effective technique for their treatment, in case they become symptomatic. Here we review what are the current indications to RFA, its outcomes in terms of efficacy, tolerability, and cost, and also how it compares to the other conventional and experimental treatment modalities for benign thyroid nodules. Moreover, we will also address the issue of treating with this technique patients with cardiac pacemakers (PM) or implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD), as it is a rather frequent occurrence that has never been addressed in detail in the literature.

  20. Lower Energy Endovenous Laser Ablation of the Great Saphenous Vein with 980 nm Diode Laser in Continuous Mode

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    Kim, Hyun S. Nwankwo, Ikechi J.; Hong, Kelvin; McElgunn, Patrick S.J.

    2006-02-15

    Purpose. To assess clinical outcomes, complication rates, and unit energy applied using 980 nm diode endovenous laser treatment at 11 watts for symptomatic great saphenous vein (GSV) incompetence and reflux disease. Methods. Thirty-four consecutive ablation therapies with a 980 nm diode endovenous laser at 11 watts were studied. The diagnosis of GSV incompetence with reflux was made by clinical evaluation and duplex Doppler examinations. The treated GSVs had a mean diameter of 1.19 cm (range 0.5-2.2 cm). The patients were followed with clinical evaluation and color flow duplex studies up to 18.5 months (mean 12.19 months {+-} 4.18). Results. Using 980 nm diode endovenous laser ablation in continuous mode, 100% technical success was noted. The mean length of GSVs treated was 33.82 cm (range 15-45 cm). The mean energy applied during the treatment was 1,155.81 joules (J) {+-} 239.50 (range 545.40-1620 J) for a mean treatment duration of 90.77 sec {+-} 21.77. The average laser fiber withdrawal speed was 0.35 cm/sec {+-} 0.054. The mean energy applied per length of GSV was 35.16 J/cm {+-} 8.43. Energy fluence, calculated separately for each patient, averaged 9.82 J/cm{sup 2} {+-} 4.97. At up to 18.5 months follow-up (mean 12.19 months), 0% recanalization was noted; 92% clinical improvement was achieved. There was no major complication. Minor complications included 1 patient with hematoma at the percutaneous venotomy site, 1 patient with thrombophlebitis on superficial tributary varices of the treated GSV, 24% ecchymoses, and 32% self-limiting hypersensitivity/tenderness/'pulling' sensation along the treatment area. One patient developed temporary paresthesia. Four endovenous laser ablation treatments (12%) were followed by adjunctive sclerotherapies for improved cosmetic results. Conclusion. Endovenous laser ablation treatment of GSV using a 980 nm diode laser at 11 watts in continuous mode appears safe and effective. Mean energy applied per treated GSV length of 35

  1. Lower energy endovenous laser ablation of the great saphenous vein with 980 nm diode laser in continuous mode.

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    Kim, Hyun S; Nwankwo, Ikechi J; Hong, Kelvin; McElgunn, Patrick S J

    2006-01-01

    To assess clinical outcomes, complication rates, and unit energy applied using 980 nm diode endovenous laser treatment at 11 watts for symptomatic great saphenous vein (GSV) incompetence and reflux disease. Thirty-four consecutive ablation therapies with a 980 nm diode endovenous laser at 11 watts were studied. The diagnosis of GSV incompetence with reflux was made by clinical evaluation and duplex Doppler examinations. The treated GSVs had a mean diameter of 1.19 cm (range 0.5-2.2 cm). The patients were followed with clinical evaluation and color flow duplex studies up to 18.5 months (mean 12.19 months +/- 4.18). Using 980 nm diode endovenous laser ablation in continuous mode, 100% technical success was noted. The mean length of GSVs treated was 33.82 cm (range 15-45 cm). The mean energy applied during the treatment was 1,155.81 joules (J) +/- 239.50 (range 545.40-1620 J) for a mean treatment duration of 90.77 sec +/- 21.77. The average laser fiber withdrawal speed was 0.35 cm/sec +/- 0.054. The mean energy applied per length of GSV was 35.16 J/cm +/- 8.43. Energy fluence, calculated separately for each patient, averaged 9.82 J/cm(2) +/- 4.97. At up to 18.5 months follow-up (mean 12.19 months), 0% recanalization was noted; 92% clinical improvement was achieved. There was no major complication. Minor complications included 1 patient with hematoma at the percutaneous venotomy site, 1 patient with thrombophlebitis on superficial tributary varices of the treated GSV, 24% ecchymoses, and 32% self-limiting hypersensitivity/tenderness/"pulling" sensation along the treatment area. One patient developed temporary paresthesia. Four endovenous laser ablation treatments (12%) were followed by adjunctive sclerotherapies for improved cosmetic results. Endovenous laser ablation treatment of GSV using a 980 nm diode laser at 11 watts in continuous mode appears safe and effective. Mean energy applied per treated GSV length of 35.16 J/cm or mean laser fluence of 9.82 J/cm(2

  2. [Potentials of interventional radiology: percutaneous radiofrequency ablation].

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    Péter, Mózes; Tóth, Judit

    2004-02-15

    The efficacy of the treatment of hepatic malignancies has improved, mostly due to the physical procedures which affect the tumors locally. The authors performed 210 radio-frequency ablations in 1.38 patients. They recommend this procedure based on their experiences. RF treatment is performed together with other therapeutical procedures done by cooperation of oncology clinic. The main indication for the treatment of tumors is, lesions less than 4 cm in diameter and the number of masses is less than 4. The treatment can be performed by CT guidance and is documented well. The applied RF generator is made by Radionics, electrodes are cooled. In 68% of the tumors they achieved complete necrosis using this procedure. After the intervention patients experienced no serious complications. The only side effects were abdominal pain and discomfort. RF tumor ablation is an important and effective procedure in the treatment of hepatic tumors.

  3. Palliative Radiofrequency Ablation for Recurrent Prostate Cancer

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    Jindal, Gaurav; Friedman, Marc; Locklin, Julia Wood, Bradford J.

    2006-06-15

    Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive local therapy for cancer. Its efficacy is now becoming well documented in many different organs, including liver, kidney, and lung. The goal of RFA is typically complete eradication of a tumor in lieu of an invasive surgical procedure. However, RFA can also play an important role in the palliative care of cancer patients. Tumors which are surgically unresectable and incompatible for complete ablation present the opportunity for RFA to be used in a new paradigm. Cancer pain runs the gamut from minor discomfort relieved with mild pain medication to unrelenting suffering for the patient, poorly controlled by conventional means. RFA is a tool which can potentially palliate intractable cancer pain. We present here a case in which RFA provided pain relief in a patient with metastatic prostate cancer with pain uncontrolled by conventional methods.

  4. Radiofrequency thermal ablation of hepatocellular carcinoma.

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    Allgaier, H P; Galandi, D; Zuber, I; Blum, H E

    2001-01-01

    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the major malignancies worldwide. Due to advanced or decompensated liver cirrhosis, comorbidity and multicentricity of the tumor lesions, 70-80% of HCC patients are inoperable at the time of diagnosis. Radiofrequency thermal ablation (RFTA) is a new minimally invasive and sage technique for the nonsurgical treatment of HCCs. Similar to other ablation techniques, the treatment strategy depends on several factors, including the patient's clinical status, the stage of liver cirrhosis and of the HCC. RFTA can be performed percutaneously, laparoscopically or after laparotomy. Advanced RFTA equipment, refined techniques of modifying tumor tissue response to RFTA, and combined treatment strategies should lead to better response rates even in larger HCCs.

  5. Video assisted thoracoscopic and cardioscopic radiofrequency Maze ablation.

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    Inoue, Y; Yozu, R; Mitsumaru, A; Ueda, T; Hiraki, O; Sano, Y; Kawada, S

    1997-01-01

    The authors examined the feasibility of transthoracic radio frequency Maze ablation of atrial fibrillation using video assisted thoracoscopy and cardioscopy in the experimental setting of a beating porcine heart. In six pigs under general anesthesia, the left atrium was viewed using a video assisted thoracoscopy system (VATS), and radiofrequency linear ablation of the left atrial wall was carried out using a radiofrequency ablation catheter (HAT200S:OSYPKA) inserted through a trocar port. The right atrium was also ablated in the same manner under VATS. In six other pigs, intravenous radiofrequency ablation by cardioscopic catheter device was carried out. Atrial fibrillation was provoked by acetylcholine injection plus rapid atrial pacing. The thoracoscopic visual field created for radiofrequency catheter ablation from a transthoracic approach and the cardioscopic visual field from an intravenous approach were sufficient, and safe positioning of the ablation catheter device on the atrial epicardium and endocardium, which enabled linear ablation of the atrium, was obtained. The Optimal setting for ablation was 70-80 degrees C/ 30 sec duration per each ablation. This process was monitored and documented by a video system through the thoracoscope and cardioscope, and results were confirmed by postmortem macrohistologic examination. In conclusion, the authors' results suggest the potential usefulness of the combination of transthoracic radiofrequency catheter ablation with video assisted thoracoscopic and cardioscopic linear ablation of atrial fibrillation, and the possibility that use of this system might eliminate the need for open heart Maze surgery.

  6. Bipolar radiofrequency ablation of spinal tumors: predictability, safety and outcome.

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    Gazis, Angelos N; Beuing, Oliver; Franke, Jörg; Jöllenbeck, Boris; Skalej, Martin

    2014-04-01

    Bone metastases are often the cause of tumor-associated pain and reduction of quality of life. For patients that cannot be treated by surgery, a local minimally invasive therapy such as radiofrequency ablation can be a useful option. In cases in which tumorous masses are adjacent to vulnerable structures, the monopolar radiofrequency can cause severe neuronal damage because of the unpredictability of current flow. The aim of this study is to show that the bipolar radiofrequency ablation provides an opportunity to safely treat such spinal lesions because of precise predictability of the emerging ablation zone. Prospective cohort study of 36 patients undergoing treatment at a single institution. Thirty-six patients in advanced tumor stage with primary or secondary tumor involvement of spine undergoing radiofrequency ablation. Prediction of emerging ablation zone. Clinical outcome of treated patients. X-ray-controlled treatment of 39 lesions by bipolar radiofrequency ablation. Magnetic resonance imaging was performed pre- and postinterventionally. Patients were observed clinically during their postinterventional stay. The extent of the ablation zones was predictable to the millimeter because it did not cross the peri-interventional planned dorsal and ventral boundaries in any case. No complications were observed. Ablation of tumorous masses adjacent to vulnerable structures is feasible and predictable by using the bipolar radiofrequency ablation. Damage of neuronal structures can be avoided through precise prediction of the ablation area. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Effect of optical fiber type and absorption medium on the endovenous laser ablation mechanism

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    Ignatieva, N. Yu; Zakharkina, O. L.; Mazayshvili, C. V.; Bagratashvili, V. N.; Lunin, V. V.

    2017-10-01

    Our experimental investigation was aimed at revealing the mechanism behind the action of laser radiation on venous wall under endovenous laser ablation conditions. We determined the critical laser power P cr at which the objective effect of complete denaturation of the vascular tissue collagen was attained for two types of optical fiber in the presence and absence of blood cells. We demonstrated that for the radial optical fiber the presence of blood cells had no effect on the magnitude of P cr, which came to 4.3  ±  0.1 and 5.6  ±  01 W for 1.56 and 1.47 µm lasers, respectively. For the bare fiber and 1.56 µm laser, P cr increased up to 5.2  ±  0.2 W in a blood-filled vessel and up to 7.1  ±  0.2 W when the blood was replaced by a sodium chloride solution. Our data show that the heating and degradation of insufficient veins go on more effectively when the tissue is heated by laser radiation directly absorbed therein, rather than the red-hot carbonized optical fiber tip.

  8. [Effect of pharmacotherapy on course of postoperative period after endovenous thermal ablation].

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    Stoiko, Yu M; Mazaishvili, K V; Khlevtova, T V; Tsyplyashchuk, A V; Kharitonova, S E; Akimov, S S

    2015-01-01

    The authors assessed the effect of a micronized purified flavonoid fraction (MPFF) on the course of the postoperative period after endovenous thermal ablation (EVTA). The patients of the Study Group matching by the main studied parameters to the Control Group patients were given the MPFF according to the suggested regimen for 7 days. The obtained results were analysed by means of questionnaires (CIVIQ, VCSS, VAS) and ultrasound angioscanning. The obtained findings were statistically processed by means of the program Statistica 6.0 and reliability of the results was assessed with the help of the Student t-test. Patients of the both groups showed complete stable obliteration of the target veins. No statistically significant differences of the items of the questionnaires CIVIQ and VCSS at the beginning of the study and at the last examination were revealed, differences were noted on days 2-14 after EVTA and were not statistically significant (p>0.05). Phlebotrophic therapy in the postoperative period after EVTA helps to decrease phlebitic alterations in the coagulated vein, to improve motor activity and mental psychoemotional state of the patients.

  9. The heat-pipe resembling action of boiling bubbles in endovenous laser ablation

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    van den Bos, Renate R.; van Ruijven, Peter W. M.; Nijsten, Tamar; Neumann, H. A. Martino; van Gemert, Martin J. C.

    2010-01-01

    Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) produces boiling bubbles emerging from pores within the hot fiber tip and traveling over a distal length of about 20 mm before condensing. This evaporation-condensation mechanism makes the vein act like a heat pipe, where very efficient heat transport maintains a constant temperature, the saturation temperature of 100°C, over the volume where these non-condensing bubbles exist. During EVLA the above-mentioned observations indicate that a venous cylindrical volume with a length of about 20 mm is kept at 100°C. Pullback velocities of a few mm/s then cause at least the upper part of the treated vein wall to remain close to 100°C for a time sufficient to cause irreversible injury. In conclusion, we propose that the mechanism of action of boiling bubbles during EVLA is an efficient heat-pipe resembling way of heating of the vein wall. PMID:20644976

  10. Radiofrequency ablation for treatment of atrial fibrillation.

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    Safaei, Nasser; Montazerghaem, Hossein; Azarfarin, Rasoul; Alizadehasl, Azin; Alikhah, Hossein

    2011-01-01

    Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia which represents a major public health problem. The main purpose of this research is to evaluate the Radiofrequency (RF) ablation effects in the patients with chronic AF scheduled for cardiac surgery because of different heart diseases. The descriptive and prospective study was conducted on 60 patients with AF scheduled for surgery along with RF ablation. The data were collected by questionnaire and included: patients' age, sex, NYHA class, operation type, past medical history, type and cause of valvular heart disease, preoperative ECG (electrocardiogram), duration of surgery, clamping time, cardiopulmonary bypass, and RF ablation time. RF ablation was followed by the main operation. The follow up examination, ECG, and echocardiography were performed 3 and 6 months after operation. The mean age of patients was 48±10 years (18-71 years). Forty one patients had permanent AF and 19 had the persistent AF. The left ventricular ejection fraction was 48.27±9.75 percent before operation, and reached to 56.27±7.87 percent after the surgery (P<0.001). The mean NYHA class before the surgery was 2.83±0.68 which decreased to 1.34±0.46 6 months after the surgery with RF ablation (P<0.001). One patient (1.6%) died after surgery. Complete relief and freedom from AF recurrence was observed in 70% of patients in the mean follow up in 7 months after the surgery. The sinus rhythm with efficient atrial contraction was established in 100% of discharged patients. RF ablation is an effective procedure to cure atrial fibrillation in patients undergoing cardiac surgeries.

  11. Atrial fibrillation ablation using a closed irrigation radiofrequency ablation catheter.

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    Golden, Keith; Mounsey, John Paul; Chung, Eugene; Roomiani, Pahresah; Morse, Michael Andew; Patel, Ankit; Gehi, Anil

    2012-05-01

    Catheter ablation is an effective therapy for symptomatic, medically refractory atrial fibrillation (AF). Open-irrigated radiofrequency (RF) ablation catheters produce transmural lesions at the cost of increased fluid delivery. In vivo models suggest closed-irrigated RF catheters create equivalent lesions, but clinical outcomes are limited. A cohort of 195 sequential patients with symptomatic AF underwent stepwise AF ablation (AFA) using a closed-irrigation ablation catheter. Recurrence of AF was monitored and outcomes were evaluated using Kaplan-Meier survival analysis and Cox proportional hazards models. Mean age was 59.0 years, 74.9% were male, 56.4% of patients were paroxysmal and mean duration of AF was 5.4 years. Patients had multiple comorbidities including hypertension (76.4%), tobacco abuse (42.1%), diabetes (17.4%), and obesity (mean body mass index 30.8). The median follow-up was 55.8 weeks. Overall event-free survival was 73.6% with one ablation and 77.4% after reablation (reablation rate was 8.7%). Median time to recurrence was 26.9 weeks. AF was more likely to recur in patients being treated with antiarrhythmic therapy at the time of last follow-up (recurrence rate 30.3% with antiarrhythmic drugs, 13.2% without antiarrhythmic drugs; hazard ratio [HR] 2.2, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.1-4.4, P = 0.024) and in those with a history of AF greater than 2 years duration (HR 2.7, 95% CI 1.1-6.9, P = 0.038). Our study represents the largest cohort of patients receiving AFA with closed-irrigation ablation catheters. We demonstrate comparable outcomes to those previously reported in studies of open-irrigation ablation catheters. Given the theoretical benefits of a closed-irrigation system, a large head-to-head comparison using this catheter is warranted. ©2012, The Authors. Journal compilation ©2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  12. Combined treatment with endovenous laser ablation and compression therapy of incompetent perforating veins for treatment of recalcitrant venous ulcers.

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    Seren, Mustafa; Dumantepe, Mert; Fazliogullari, Osman; Kucukaksu, Suha

    2017-06-01

    Objective Patients with healed venous ulcers often experience recurrence of ulceration, despite the use of long-term compression therapy. This study examines the effect of closing incompetent perforating veins (IPVs) on ulcer recurrence rates in patients with progressive lipodermatosclerosis and impending ulceration. Methods Patients with nonhealing venous ulcers of >2 months' duration underwent duplex ultrasound to assess their lower extremity venous system for incompetence of superficial, perforating, and deep veins. Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) of perforating veins was performed on patients with CEAP 6 disease with increasing hyperpigmentation, lipodermatosclerosis, and/or progressive malleolar pain. A minimum of 2 months of compressive therapy was attempted before endovenous ablation of IPVs. Demographic data, risk factors, CEAP classification, procedural details, and postoperative status were all recorded. Results Forty ulcers with 46 associated IPVs were treated with EVLA in 36 patients with CEAP 6 recalcitrant venous ulcers. Treated incompetent perforator veins were located in the medial ankle (85.7%), calf (10.7%), and lateral ankle (3.5%). Endovenous laser ablation was successful in 76% (35/46) with the first laser treatment of incompetent perforator veins and 15.2% (7/46) additional ablation procedures were performed. Of the 46 treated IPVs, 42 (91.3%) were occluded on the duplex examination at 12 months. The average energy administrated per perforating vein treated was 162 joule. Two patients reported localized paresthesia, which subsided spontaneously, but no deep venous thrombosis or skin burn was observed. Conclusion Especially in the case of liposclerotic or ulcerated skin in the affected region, PAP of IPVs is highly effective, safe, and appears to be feasible. Patients with active venous ulcers appear to benefit from EVLA of incompetent perforators in order to reduce the risk of ulcer recurrence.

  13. Clinical results of endovenous LASER ablation (EVLA) using low linear endovenous energy density (LEED) combined with high ligation for great saphenous varicose veins.

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    Park, Yoong-Seok; Kim, Young-Wook; Park, Yang-Jin; Kim, Dong-Ik

    2016-09-01

    This study was designed to analyze the efficacy and complications in endovenous LASER ablation (EVLA) with 1470 nm diode lasers using low linear endovenous energy density (LEED) combined with high ligation for varicose veins of the great saphenous vein (GSV). One hundred and sixteen limbs of 102 patients were analyzed using 6 W with 2 mm/s constant pullback speed delivered by 30 J/cm LEED. The SFJ was ligated with a small inguinal incision. The complications and status of the GSV were checked at 1 and 6 months postoperatively. The occlusion rates for the GSV were 98 (84.5 %) at 1 month and 116 (100 %) at 6 months, postoperatively. The rate of partial occlusion was higher in males than in females (p = 0.004). There were 2 DVT, 27 feelings of the cord (23.3 %), and 36 numbness at the knee area (31.0 %) at 1 month, and 3 feelings of the cord (3.4 %) and 6 numbness of the knee (8.6 %) at 6 months postoperatively. The diameter and depth of the GSV did not affect the rates of feeling of the cord or numbness (p = 0.728, 0.208, 0.247, 0.884, respectively). EVLA with a 1470-nm diode laser using low LEED combined with high ligation for the GSV has lower complication rates and higher occlusion rates of GSV.

  14. Anesthetic Management in Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of Ventricular Tachycardia.

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    Deng, Yi; Naeini, Payam S; Razavi, Mehdi; Collard, Charles D; Tolpin, Daniel A; Anton, James M

    2016-12-01

    Radiofrequency catheter ablation is increasingly being used to treat patients who have ventricular tachycardia, and anesthesiologists frequently manage their perioperative care. This narrative review is intended to familiarize anesthesiologists with preprocedural, intraprocedural, and postprocedural implications of this ablation. Ventricular tachycardia typically arises from structural heart disease, most often from scar tissue after myocardial infarction. Many patients thus affected will benefit from radiofrequency catheter ablation in the electrophysiology laboratory to ablate the foci of arrhythmogenesis. The pathophysiology of ventricular tachycardia is complex, as are the technical aspects of mapping and ablating these arrhythmias. Patients often have substantial comorbidities and tenuous hemodynamic status, necessitating pharmacologic and mechanical cardiopulmonary support. General anesthesia and monitored anesthesia care, when used for sedation during ablation, can lead to drug interactions and side effects in the presence of ventricular tachycardia, so anesthesiologists should also be aware of potential perioperative complications. We discuss variables that can help anesthesiologists safely guide patients through the challenges of radiofrequency catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia.

  15. Treatment of colorectal metastases: surgery, cryotherapy, or radiofrequency ablation

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    Primrose, J N

    2002-01-01

    The liver is the most common site of metastases from colorectal cancer. There has therefore been growing interest in how liver metastases may be ablated. The most common techniques for ablation of liver metastases are surgical resection, cryotherapy, and increasingly in recent years, radiofrequency ablation. PMID:11772955

  16. Fascicular ventricular tachycardia: experience with radiofrequency ablation.

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    Magalhaes, Sónia; Gonçalves, Helena; Primo, João; Sá, Ana Paula; Silva, Paula; Rosas, Rui; Gama, Vasco

    2006-05-01

    at the tachycardia exit site failing, with no complications. If we include the success of a repeated case with three-dimensional mapping, the overall success rate was 80%. Ablation of fascicular tachycardia appears to be a good therapeutic option with a good success rate and without significant adverse events. The poor reproducibility as a consequence of contact inhibition during endocardial left ventricular mapping is the principal limiting factor. With the help of currently available mapping systems, we hope that this limitation will disappear, as it is now possible with some devices to acquire accurate information on suitable sites for subsequent radiofrequency application with little or no contact, facilitating the ablation procedure. Ablation at a site with simultaneous recording of DP and PP is considered by most authors to be more effective than that performed at the tachycardia exit site.

  17. Radiofrequency Ablation Therapy for Solid Tumors

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    Kam, Anthony

    2002-12-04

    Surgical resection, systemic chemotherapy, and local radiation have been the conventional treatments for localized solid cancer. Because certain patients are not candidates for tumor resection and because many tumors are poorly responsive to chemotherapy and radiation, there has been an impetus to develop alternative therapies. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive therapy for localized solid cancers that has gained considerable attention in the last 12 years. Advantages of minimally invasive therapies over surgery include less recovery time, lower morbidity and mortality, eligibility of more patients, and lower cost. RFA has been applied most extensively to inoperable hepatic tumors. It is investigational for tumors in the kidney, lung, bone, breast, and adrenal gland. This colloquium will review the mechanism, techniques, limitations, and clinical applications of RFA. The ultimate role that RFA will play in cancer therapy will depend on the results of long-term follow-up and prospective randomized trials.

  18. Emerging indications of endoscopic radiofrequency ablation

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    Becq, Aymeric; Camus, Marine; Rahmi, Gabriel; de Parades, Vincent; Marteau, Philippe

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a well-validated treatment of dysplastic Barrett's esophagus. Other indications of endoscopic RFA are under evaluation. Results Four prospective studies (total 69 patients) have shown that RFA achieved complete remission of early esophageal squamous intra-epithelial neoplasia at a rate of 80%, but with a substantial risk of stricture. In the setting of gastric antral vascular ectasia, two prospective monocenter studies, and a retrospective multicenter study, (total 51 patients), suggest that RFA is efficacious in terms of reducing transfusion dependency. In the setting of chronic hemorrhagic radiation proctopathy, a prospective monocenter study and a retrospective multicenter study (total 56 patients) suggest that RFA is an efficient treatment. A retrospective comparative study (64 patients) suggests that RFA improves stents patency in malignant biliary strictures. Conclusions Endoscopic RFA is an upcoming treatment modality in early esophageal squamous intra-epithelial neoplasia, as well as in gastric, rectal, and biliary diseases. PMID:26279839

  19. Optical-thermal mathematical model for endovenous laser ablation of varicose veins.

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    van Ruijven, Peter W M; Poluektova, Anna A; van Gemert, Martin J C; Neumann, H A Martino; Nijsten, Tamar; van der Geld, Cees W M

    2014-03-01

    Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is successfully used to treat varicose veins. However, the exact working mechanism is still not fully identified and the clinical procedure is not yet standardized. Mathematical modeling of EVLA could strongly improve our understanding of the influence of the various EVLA processes. The aim of this study is to combine Mordon's optical-thermal model with the presence of a strongly absorbing carbonized blood layer on the fiber tip. The model anatomy includes a cylindrically symmetric blood vessel surrounded by an infinite homogenous perivenous tissue. The optical fiber is located in the center of the vessel and is withdrawn with a pullback velocity. The fiber tip includes a small layer of strongly absorbing material, representing the layer of carbonized blood, which absorbs 45% of the emitted laser power. Heat transfer due to boiling bubbles is taken into account by increasing the heat conduction coefficient by a factor of 200 for temperatures above 95 °C. The temperature distribution in the blood, vessel wall, and surrounding medium is calculated from a numerical solution of the bioheat equation. The simulations were performed in MATLAB™ and validated with the aid of an analytical solution. The simulations showed, first, that laser wavelength did virtually not influence the simulated temperature profiles in blood and vessel wall, and, second, that temperatures of the carbonized blood layer varied slightly, from 952 to 1,104 °C. Our improved mathematical optical-thermal EVLA model confirmed previous predictions and experimental outcomes that laser wavelength is not an important EVLA parameter and that the fiber tip reaches exceedingly high temperatures.

  20. Radiofrequency Ablation of Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma: Preliminary Experience

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    Carrafiello, Gianpaolo Lagana, Domenico; Cotta, Elisa; Mangini, Monica; Fontana, Federico; Bandiera, Francesca; Fugazzola, Carlo

    2010-08-15

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of percutaneous ultrasound (US)-guided radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in patients with intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICCA) in a small, nonrandomized series. From February 2004 to July 2008, six patients (four men and two women; mean age 69.8 years [range 48 to 83]) with ICCA underwent percutaneous US-guided RFA. Preintervetional transarterial embolization was performed in two cases to decrease heat dispersion during RFA in order to increase the area of ablation. The efficacy of RFA was evaluated using contrast-enhanced dynamic computed tomography (CT) 1 month after treatment and then every 3 months thereafter. Nine RFA sessions were performed for six solid hepatic tumors in six patients. The duration of follow-up ranged from 13 to 21 months (mean 17.5). Posttreatment CT showed total necrosis in four of six tumors after one or two RFA sessions. Residual tumor was observed in two patients with larger tumors (5 and 5.8 cm in diameter). All patients tolerated the procedure, and there with no major complications. Only 1 patient developed post-RFA syndrome (pain, fever, malaise, and leukocytosis), which resolved with oral administration of acetaminophen. Percutaneous RFA is a safe and effective treatment for patients with hepatic tumors: It is ideally suited for those who are not eligible for surgery. Long-term follow-up data regarding local and systemic recurrence and survival are still needed.

  1. Current oncologic applications of radiofrequency ablation therapies

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    Shah, Dhruvil R; Green, Sari; Elliot, Angelina; McGahan, John P; Khatri, Vijay P

    2013-01-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) uses high frequency alternating current to heat a volume of tissue around a needle electrode to induce focal coagulative necrosis with minimal injury to surrounding tissues. RFA can be performed via an open, laparoscopic, or image guided percutaneous approach and be performed under general or local anesthesia. Advances in delivery mechanisms, electrode designs, and higher power generators have increased the maximum volume that can be ablated, while maximizing oncological outcomes. In general, RFA is used to control local tumor growth, prevent recurrence, palliate symptoms, and improve survival in a subset of patients that are not candidates for surgical resection. It’s equivalence to surgical resection has yet to be proven in large randomized control trials. Currently, the use of RFA has been well described as a primary or adjuvant treatment modality of limited but unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma, liver metastasis, especially colorectal cancer metastases, primary lung tumors, renal cell carcinoma, boney metastasis and osteoid osteomas. The role of RFA in the primary treatment of early stage breast cancer is still evolving. This review will discuss the general features of RFA and outline its role in commonly encountered solid tumors. PMID:23671734

  2. Intra-procedural pain score in a randomised controlled trial comparing mechanochemical ablation to radiofrequency ablation: The Multicentre Venefit™ versus ClariVein® for varicose veins trial.

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    Bootun, R; Lane, T R A; Dharmarajah, B; Lim, C S; Najem, M; Renton, S; Sritharan, K; Davies, A H

    2016-02-01

    Endovenous techniques are, at present, the recommended choice for truncal vein treatment. However, the thermal techniques require tumescent anaesthesia, which can be uncomfortable during administration. Non-tumescent, non-thermal techniques would, therefore, have potential benefits. This randomised controlled trial is being carried out to compare the degree of pain that patients experience while receiving mechanochemical ablation or radiofrequency ablation. The early results of this randomised controlled trial are reported here. Patients attending for the treatment of primary varicose veins were randomised to receive mechanochemical ablation (ClariVein®) or radiofrequency ablation (Covidien® Venefit™). The most symptomatic limb was randomised. The primary outcome measure was intra-procedural pain using a validated visual analogue scale. The secondary outcome measures were change in quality of life and clinical scores, time to return to normal activities and work as well as the occlusion rate. One-hundred and nineteen patients have been randomised (60 in the mechanochemical ablation group). Baseline characteristics were similar. Maximum pain score was significantly lower in the mechanochemical ablation group (19.3 mm, standard deviation ±19 mm) compared to the radiofrequency ablation group (34.5 mm ± 23 mm; p < 0.001). Average pain score was also significantly lower in the mechanochemical ablation group (13.4 mm ± 16 mm) compared to the radiofrequency ablation group (24.4 mm ± 18 mm; p = 0.001). Sixty-six percent attended follow-up at one month, and the complete or proximal occlusion rates were 92% for both groups. At one month, the clinical and quality of life scores for both groups had similar improvements. Early results show that the mechanochemical ablation is less painful than the radiofrequency ablation procedure. Clinical and quality of life scores were similarly improved at one month. The long-term data including

  3. Endovenous laser ablation of the great and short saphenous veins with a 1320-nm neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser: retrospective case series of 1171 procedures.

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    Moul, Danielle K; Housman, Leland; Romine, Sara; Greenway, Hubert

    2014-02-01

    Venous insufficiency is a common medical condition affecting up to 50.5% of women and 30.1% of men. Endovenous laser ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that safely and effectively treats reflux involving the great and short saphenous veins. We sought to present safety and efficacy data of 1171 endovenous laser ablations using the Scripps Clinic endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) protocol. We conducted an institutional review board-approved, retrospective chart analysis of 1171 endovenous laser ablations performed from March 2007 until February 2011 treated at Scripps Clinic with the 1320-nm neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser with 1-month, 6-month, 1-year, and 2-year follow-up data. Our current overall experience is greater than 2000 EVLT procedures. The mean follow-up for this case series of 1171 EVLT procedures (1066 great saphenous veins and 105 short saphenous veins) is 11.4 months with an overall closure success rate of 99.9% for patients not lost to follow-up. There has been no incidence of deep vein thrombosis, permanent nerve damage, or pulmonary embolism related to laser ablation. Retrospective chart analysis, investigator bias, patients lost to follow-up, and lack of quality-of-life assessment are limitations. EVLT using a 1320-nm neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser appears to be a viable option for venous insufficiency and venous ulceration unresponsive to conservative treatment. Copyright © 2013 American Academy of Dermatology, Inc. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Endovenous laser ablation of great saphenous vein and perforator veins improves venous stasis ulcer healing.

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    Abdul-Haqq, Ryan; Almaroof, Babatunde; Chen, Brian L; Panneton, Jean M; Parent, F Noel

    2013-10-01

    We sought to compare the outcomes of endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) of the great saphenous vein (GSV) to EVLA of the GSV and calf incompetent perforator veins (IPVs) in management of venous stasis ulcers (VSUs). A retrospective review of patients with active VSUs (clinical, etiology, anatomy, and pathophysiology [CEAP] classification C6) that received EVLA of the GSV or combined EVLA of the GSV and IPV between May 2005 and May 2010 was completed. Primary outcomes measured include ulcer healing and a change in the venous clinical severity score (VCSS). Secondary end points included complications, ulcer recurrence rate, and time to ulcer healing. Ninety-five patients (108 limbs) met inclusion criteria with active VSU (CEAP classification C6) before ablation. The average age was 58 years, with a male predominance (61%). Seventy-eight patients (91 limbs) were treated with EVLA of the GSV alone. Subgroup analysis revealed that 46 of 91 limbs (35 patients) had GSV reflux only (group 1) and 45 of 91 limbs (43 patients) had underlying IPV (group 2). Seventeen patients (17 limbs) underwent combined EVLA of the GSV and IPV (group 3). VSU healing (CEAP classification C5) occurred in 21 of 46 limbs (46%) in group 1, 15 of 45 limbs (33%) in group 2, and 12 of 17 limbs (71%) in group 3. A comparison of ulcer healing between groups 1 and 2 and between groups 1 and 3 revealed no significant difference (Fisher's exact test; P = 0.285 and P = 0.095, respectively). However, there was a significant difference in ulcer healing between groups 2 and 3 (P = 0.011). Group 1 ulcers healed in an average of 14.8 weeks, group 2 ulcers in 11.2 weeks, and group 3 in 13.2 weeks (analysis of variance; P = 0.918). Postoperative complications occurred in 7 limbs (15%) in group 1, 5 limbs (11%) in group 2, and 3 (18%) limbs in group 3. Recurrence of VSU occurred in 2 limbs (4%) in group 1, 5 limbs in group 2 (11%), and in no limbs in group 3 (Fisher's exact test; P = 0.676). Mean follow-up was 16

  5. Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation of renal cell carcinoma.

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    Chiou, Yi-You; Hwang, Jen-I; Chou, Yi-Hong; Wang, Jia-Hwia; Chiang, Jen-Huey; Chang, Cheng-Yen

    2005-05-01

    Preliminary data regarding the use of percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for the treatment of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) are encouraging, and show the technique to be associated with minimal morbidity. Thus, the current study was designed to evaluate the clinical applications, treatment efficacy, and complications of percutaneous RFA in RCC. From February 2003 to February 2004, 12 consecutive patients with histopathologically proven RCC underwent imaging-guided percutaneous RFA. The mean age of the patients (8 men and 4 women) was 76 years (range, 56-87 years), and mean tumor diameter was 3.7 cm (range, 2.2-8.0 cm). The efficacy of RFA was evaluated with contrast-enhanced, dynamic computed tomography (CT) performed 1 month after treatment, and then every 3 months. A Radionics device with an internally cooled electrode was used in 7 patients, and a radiofrequency interstitial tissue ablation (RITA) device with an expandable needle electrode was used in 5. Complete necrosis was defined as a lack of contrast enhancement in the treated region on follow-up CT studies. Overall, 16 sessions of RFA were performed for 12 solitary renal tumors in 12 patients: 8 patients underwent a single RFA session, whereas 4 had 2 sessions. Dynamic CT after RFA showed complete necrosis in 9 of 12 tumors. In 3 patients with tumors of 4.5-8.0 cm in diameter, enhancement of residual tissue was observed after RFA treatment, thus indicating residual tumor. Complete tumor necrosis was seen in all 5 tumors (100%) of diameter < or = 3.0 cm; 3 of 4 tumors (75%) of diameter 3.1-5.0 cm; and 1 of 3 tumors (33%) of diameter > 5.0 cm. A big subcapsular hematoma, which was found in 1 patient after RFA, resolved completely within 10 months without treatment; no serious complications occurred in the other 11 patients. Percutaneous RFA is effective in the treatment of RCC. It is most successful for tumors not larger than 3 cm in diameter, and has a satisfactory success rate in tumors of 3-5 cm in

  6. Laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation of neuroendocrine liver metastases.

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    Berber, Eren; Flesher, Nora; Siperstein, Allan E

    2002-08-01

    We previously reported on the safety and efficacy of laparoscopic radiofrequency thermal ablation (RFA) for treating hepatic neuroendocrine metastases. The aim of this study is to report our 5-year RFA experience in the treatment of these challenging group of patients. Of the 222 patients with 803 liver primary and secondary tumors undergoing laparoscopic RFA between January 1996 and August 2001, a total of 34 patients with 234 tumors had neuroendocrine liver metastases. There were 25 men and 9 women with a mean +/- SEM age of 52 +/- 2 years who underwent 42 ablations. Primary tumor types included carcinoid tumor in 18 patients, medullary thyroid cancer in 7, secreting islet cell tumor in 5, and nonsecreting islet cell tumor in 4. There was no mortality, and the morbidity was 5%. The mean hospital stay was 1.1 days. Symptoms were ameliorated in 95%, with significant or complete symptom control in 80% of the patients for a mean of 10+ months (range 6-24 months). All patients were followed for a mean +/- SEM of 1.6 +/- 0.2 years (range 1.0-5.4 years). During this period new liver lesions developed in 28% of patients, new extrahepatic disease in 25%, and local liver recurrence in 13%; existing liver lesions progressed in 13%. Overall 41% of patients showed no progression of their cancer. Nine patients (27%) died. Mean +/- SEM survivals after diagnosis of primary disease, detection of liver metastases, and performance of RFA were 5.5 +/- 0.8 years, 3.0 +/- 0.3 years, and 1.6 +/- 0.2 years, respectively. Sixty-five percent of the patients demonstrated a partial or significant decrease in their tumor markers during follow-up. In conclusion, RFA provides excellent local tumor control with overnight hospitalization and low morbidity in the treatment of liver metastases from neuroendocrine tumors. It is a useful modality in the management of these challenging group of patients.

  7. A Rare Complication of Radiofrequency Tonsil Ablation: Horner Syndrome

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    Ozbay, Isa; Yildirim, Nadir; Zeybek Sivas, Zuhal; Canbaz Kabay, Sibel

    2015-01-01

    Chronic tonsillitis is a common disease, and several different surgical techniques are used to treat this condition. In recent years, techniques such as radiofrequency ablation and coblation have been commonly used for tonsil surgery. In this report, we present the cases of two pediatric patients who developed ptosis, miosis, and enophthalmos (Horner syndrome) after radiofrequency ablation for tonsil reduction and discuss the technique of radiofrequency ablation of the tonsils. In the early postoperative period, miosis and ptosis were observed on the right side in one patient and on the left side in the other patient. Both patients were treated with 1 mg/kg/day methylprednisolone, which were tapered by halving the dose every 3 days. Miosis and ptosis improved after treatment in both patients. Along with the case presentation, we discuss the effectiveness and complications of radiofrequency ablation of the tonsils. These unusual complications of tonsil ablation may help ENT physicians who do not yet have a preferred surgical technique for tonsillectomy to make an informed decision. Limited data are available about the possible complications of radiofrequency ablation of the tonsils. The present report contributes to the literature on this topic. PMID:26064747

  8. Radiofrequency ablation of hepatocellular carcinoma: Mono or multipolar?

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    Cartier, Victoire; Boursier, Jérôme; Lebigot, Jérôme; Oberti, Frédéric; Fouchard-Hubert, Isabelle; Aubé, Christophe

    2016-03-01

    Thermo-ablation by radiofrequency is recognized as a curative treatment for early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma. However, local recurrence may occur because of incomplete peripheral tumor destruction. Multipolar radiofrequency has been developed to increase the size of the maximal ablation zone. We aimed to compare the efficacy of monopolar and multipolar radiofrequency for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma and determine factors predicting failure. A total of 171 consecutive patients with 214 hepatocellular carcinomas were retrospectively included. One hundred fifty-eight tumors were treated with an expandable monopolar electrode and 56 with a multipolar technique using several linear bipolar electrodes. Imaging studies at 6 weeks after treatment, then every 3 months, assessed local effectiveness. Radiofrequency failure was defined as persistent residual tumor after two sessions (primary radiofrequency failure) or local tumor recurrence during follow-up. This study received institutional review board approval (number 2014/77). Imaging showed complete tumor ablation in 207 of 214 lesions after the first session of radiofrequency. After a second session, only two cases of residual viable tumor were observed. During follow-up, there were 46 local tumor recurrences. Thus, radiofrequency failure occurred in 48/214 (22.4%) cases. By multivariate analysis, technique (P < 0.001) and tumor size (P = 0.023) were independent predictors of radiofrequency failure. Failure rate was lower with the multipolar technique for tumors < 25 mm (P = 0.023) and for tumors between 25 and 45 mm (P = 0.082). There was no difference for tumors ≥ 45 mm (P = 0.552). Compared to monopolar radiofrequency, multipolar radiofrequency improves tumor ablation with a subsequent lower rate of local tumor recurrence. © 2015 Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Foundation and John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.

  9. Radiofrequency ablation for renal tumors: our experience.

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    Hiraoka, Kenji; Kawauchi, Akihiro; Nakamura, Terukazu; Soh, Jintetsu; Mikami, Kazuya; Miki, Tsuneharu

    2009-11-01

    To report our results of percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for renal tumors and to assess predictors of therapeutic efficacy. Forty patients (median age 73 years) with renal tumors were treated with RFA under local or epidural anesthesia. All of them had high surgical risk or refused radical surgery. Tumors were punctured percutaneously using the Radionics Cool-tip RF System under computed tomography or ultrasonographic guidance. Median tumor diameter was 24 mm. After RFA, contrast-enhanced computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging was performed within 1 month. Complete response (CR) was defined as no enhancement inside the tumor. Factors related to the outcome and to renal function were assessed. Median follow up was 16 months. CR was observed in 34 cases (85.0%). A significant difference in CR rate was observed between tumors < or =30 mm and those >30 mm. Outcomes tended to be better for tumors in the mid to lower kidney, and those away from the renal hilum. Recurrence was observed in one case (2.9%), but a CR was obtained again by additional RFA. Out of a total of 77 RFA procedures, complications occurred in only three cases (3.9%), and conservative treatment was possible in all cases. Serum creatinine levels 3 months after RFA did not differ from those before RFA. Percutaneous RFA is a safe and effective treatment for small renal tumors in patients with high surgical risk or who refuse radical surgery.

  10. Factors Limiting Complete Tumor Ablation by Radiofrequency Ablation

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    Paulet, Erwan Aube, Christophe; Pessaux, Patrick; Lebigot, Jerome; Lhermitte, Emilie; Oberti, Frederic; Ponthieux, Anne; Cales, Paul; Ridereau-Zins, Catherine; Pereira, Philippe L.

    2008-01-15

    The purpose of this study was to determine radiological or physical factors to predict the risk of residual mass or local recurrence of primary and secondary hepatic tumors treated by radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Eighty-two patients, with 146 lesions (80 hepatocellular carcinomas, 66 metastases), were treated by RFA. Morphological parameters of the lesions included size, location, number, ultrasound echogenicity, computed tomography density, and magnetic resonance signal intensity were obtained before and after treatment. Parameters of the generator were recorded during radiofrequency application. The recurrence-free group was statistically compared to the recurrence and residual mass groups on all these parameters. Twenty residual masses were detected. Twenty-nine lesions recurred after a mean follow-up of 18 months. Size was a predictive parameter. Patients' sex and age and the echogenicity and density of lesions were significantly different for the recurrence and residual mass groups compared to the recurrence-free group (p < 0.05). The presence of an enhanced ring on the magnetic resonance control was more frequent in the recurrence and residual mass groups. In the group of patients with residual lesions, analysis of physical parameters showed a significant increase (p < 0.05) in the time necessary for the temperature to rise. In conclusion, this study confirms risk factors of recurrence such as the size of the tumor and emphasizes other factors such as a posttreatment enhanced ring and an increase in the time necessary for the rise in temperature. These factors should be taken into consideration when performing RFA and during follow-up.

  11. [Effect analysis of multi-electrode synchronous radiofrequency ablation and conventional single electrode overlapping ablation].

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    Zhang, Yanyang; Gu, Yangkui; Huang, Jinhua; Gao, Fei; Jiang, Xiongying; Zhang, Tianqi; Huang, Senmiao

    2015-11-17

    To explore the different effects in ex vivo bovine liver between multiple cool-tip internally cooled electrodes synchronous radiofrequency ablation via switching controller and conventional single electrode overlapping radiofrequency ablation. The above two methods were used to ablate in ex vivo bovine liver respectively. Electrode exposed end was 3 cm or 4 cm in length. The morphological characteristics of lesions created by two methods were observed, the sizes of the ablated lesions were measured and compared. The formation of lesions ablated by both two methods was ellipsoidal. The longitudinal diameter, transverse diameter, front-end diameter and volume of the lesions ablated 16 mins by multi-electrode synchronous radiofrequency ablation via switching controller were (7.12 ± 0.52) cm, (5.71 ± 0.47) cm, (1.77 ± 0.29) cm, (102 ± 20) cm³, respectively. All of them are larger than the lesions ablated 36 mins by conventional single electrode overlapping radiofrequency ablation (P<0.01). At the same 16 mins, multi-electrode synchronous radiofrequency ablation via switching controller created longer longitudinal diameter and large volume (P<0.01) with longer exposed end electrodes (4 cm vs 3 cm). But the transverse diameter, the front-end diameter had no statistical difference (P>0.05). Compared with the conventional single electrode overlapping radiofrequency ablation, multi-electrode synchronous radiofrequency ablation via switching controller create larger lesion in the shorter time. It may provide a new attempt for the clinical treatment of large hepatocellular carcinoma.

  12. Quantifying Local Stiffness Variations in Radiofrequency Ablations with Dynamic Indentation

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    DeWall, Ryan J.; Varghese, Tomy; Brace, Christopher L.

    2012-01-01

    Elastographic imaging can be used to monitor ablation procedures, however confident and clear determination of the ablation boundary is essential to ensure complete treatment of the pathological target. To investigate the potential for ablation boundary representation on elastographic images, local variations in the viscoelastic properties in radiofrequency ablated regions that were formed in vivo in porcine liver tissue were quantified using dynamic indentation. Spatial stiffness maps were then correlated to stained histology, the gold standard for determination of the ablation periphery or boundary. Regions of interest in eleven radiofrequency ablation samples were indented at 18–24 locations each, including the central zone of complete necrosis and more peripheral transition zones including normal tissue. Storage modulus and rate of stiffening were both greatest in the central ablation zone and decreased with radial distance away from the center. The storage modulus and modulus contrast at the ablation outer transition zone boundary were 3.1 ± 1.0 kPa and 1.6 ± 0.4, respectively, and 36.2 ± 9.1 kPa and 18.3 ± 5.5 at the condensation boundary within the ablation zone. Elastographic imaging modalities were then compared to gross pathology in ex vivo bovine liver tissue. Area estimated from strain, shear wave velocity, and gross pathology images were 470 mm2, 560 mm2, and 574 mm2, respectively, and ablation widths were 19.4 mm, 20.7 mm, and 23.0 mm. This study has provided insights into spatial stiffness distributions within radiofrequency ablations and suggests that low stiffness contrast on the ablation periphery leads to the observed underestimation of ablation extent on elastographic images. PMID:22167553

  13. Optimization of the generator settings for endobiliary radiofrequency ablation.

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    Barret, Maximilien; Leblanc, Sarah; Vienne, Ariane; Rouquette, Alexandre; Beuvon, Frederic; Chaussade, Stanislas; Prat, Frederic

    2015-11-10

    To determine the optimal generator settings for endobiliary radiofrequency ablation. Endobiliary radiofrequency ablation was performed in live swine on the ampulla of Vater, the common bile duct and in the hepatic parenchyma. Radiofrequency ablation time, "effect", and power were allowed to vary. The animals were sacrificed two hours after the procedure. Histopathological assessment of the depth of the thermal lesions was performed. Twenty-five radiofrequency bursts were applied in three swine. In the ampulla of Vater (n = 3), necrosis of the duodenal wall was observed starting with an effect set at 8, power output set at 10 W, and a 30 s shot duration, whereas superficial mucosal damage of up to 350 μm in depth was recorded for an effect set at 8, power output set at 6 W and a 30 s shot duration. In the common bile duct (n = 4), a 1070 μm, safe and efficient ablation was obtained for an effect set at 8, a power output of 8 W, and an ablation time of 30 s. Within the hepatic parenchyma (n = 18), the depth of tissue damage varied from 1620 μm (effect = 8, power = 10 W, ablation time = 15 s) to 4480 μm (effect = 8, power = 8 W, ablation time = 90 s). The duration of the catheter application appeared to be the most important parameter influencing the depth of the thermal injury during endobiliary radiofrequency ablation. In healthy swine, the currently recommended settings of the generator may induce severe, supratherapeutic tissue damage in the biliary tree, especially in the high-risk area of the ampulla of Vater.

  14. Endovascular Radiofrequency Ablation for Varicose Veins

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    2011-01-01

    Executive Summary Objective The objective of the MAS evidence review was to conduct a systematic review of the available evidence on the safety, effectiveness, durability and cost–effectiveness of endovascular radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for the treatment of primary symptomatic varicose veins. Background The Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee (OHTAC) met on August 26th, 2010 to review the safety, effectiveness, durability, and cost-effectiveness of RFA for the treatment of primary symptomatic varicose veins based on an evidence-based review by the Medical Advisory Secretariat (MAS). Clinical Condition Varicose veins (VV) are tortuous, twisted, or elongated veins. This can be due to existing (inherited) valve dysfunction or decreased vein elasticity (primary venous reflux) or valve damage from prior thrombotic events (secondary venous reflux). The end result is pooling of blood in the veins, increased venous pressure and subsequent vein enlargement. As a result of high venous pressure, branch vessels balloon out leading to varicosities (varicose veins). Symptoms typically affect the lower extremities and include (but are not limited to): aching, swelling, throbbing, night cramps, restless legs, leg fatigue, itching and burning. Left untreated, venous reflux tends to be progressive, often leading to chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). A number of complications are associated with untreated venous reflux: including superficial thrombophlebitis as well as variceal rupture and haemorrhage. CVI often results in chronic skin changes referred to as stasis dermatitis. Stasis dermatitis is comprised of a spectrum of cutaneous abnormalities including edema, hyperpigmentation, eczema, lipodermatosclerosis and stasis ulceration. Ulceration represents the disease end point for severe CVI. CVI is associated with a reduced quality of life particularly in relation to pain, physical function and mobility. In severe cases, VV with ulcers, QOL has been rated to be as bad

  15. Cryoablation Versus Radiofrequency Ablation in AVNRT: Same Goal, Different Strategy.

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    Leila, Riahi; Raluca, Prisecaru; Yves, De Greef; Dirk, Stockman; Bruno, Schwagten

    2015-01-01

    Catheter ablation is nowadays the first therapeutic option for AVNRT, the most common benign supraventricular tachycardia. Both cryotherapy and radiofrequency energy may be used to ablate the slow pathway. This paper compares both techniques, evaluates results published in literature and gives feedback on some typical aspects of cryo- and RF ablation. Although both techniques have satisfying success rates in AVNRT ablation, with a higher safety profile of cryoablation towards creation of inadvertent atrioventricular block, it remains paramount that the operator respects the distinctive traits of each technique in order to obtain an optimal result in every patient.

  16. Some controversies in endovenous laser ablation of varicose veins addressed by optical-thermal mathematical modeling.

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    Poluektova, Anna A; Malskat, Wendy S J; van Gemert, Martin J C; Vuylsteke, Marc E; Bruijninckx, Cornelis M A; Neumann, H A Martino; van der Geld, Cees W M

    2014-03-01

    Minimally invasive treatment of varicose veins by endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) becomes more and more popular. However, despite significant research efforts performed during the last years, there is still a lack of agreement regarding EVLA mechanisms and therapeutic strategies. The aim of this article is to address some of these controversies by utilizing optical-thermal mathematical modeling. Our model combines Mordon's light absorption-based optical-thermal model with the thermal consequences of the thin carbonized blood layer on the laser fiber tip that is heated up to temperatures of around 1,000 °C due to the absorption of about 45% of the laser light. Computations were made in MATLAB. Laser wavelengths included were 810, 840, 940, 980, 1,064, 1,320, 1,470, and 1,950 nm. We addressed (a) the effect of direct light absorption by the vein wall on temperature behavior, comparing computations by using normal and zero wall absorption; (b) the prediction of the influence of wavelength on the temperature behavior; (c) the effect of the hot carbonized blood layer surrounding the fiber tip on temperature behavior, comparing wall temperatures from using a hot fiber tip and one kept at room temperature; (d) the effect of blood emptying the vein, simulated by reducing the inside vein diameter from 3 down to 0.8 mm; (e) the contribution of absorbed light energy to the increase in total energy at the inner vein wall in the time period where the highest inner wall temperature was reached; (f) the effect of laser power and pullback velocity on wall temperature of a 2-mm inner diameter vein, at a power/velocity ratio of 30 J/cm at 1,470 nm; (g) a comparison of model outcomes and clinical findings of EVLA procedures at 810 nm, 11 W, and 1.25 mm/s, and 1,470 nm, 6 W, and 1 mm/s, respectively. Interestingly, our model predicts that the dominating mechanism for heating up the vein wall is not direct absorption of the laser light by the vein wall but, rather, heat flow to the

  17. Anesthetic Management in Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of Ventricular Tachycardia

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    Naeini, Payam S.; Razavi, Mehdi; Collard, Charles D.; Tolpin, Daniel A.; Anton, James M.

    2016-01-01

    Radiofrequency catheter ablation is increasingly being used to treat patients who have ventricular tachycardia, and anesthesiologists frequently manage their perioperative care. This narrative review is intended to familiarize anesthesiologists with preprocedural, intraprocedural, and postprocedural implications of this ablation. Ventricular tachycardia typically arises from structural heart disease, most often from scar tissue after myocardial infarction. Many patients thus affected will benefit from radiofrequency catheter ablation in the electrophysiology laboratory to ablate the foci of arrhythmogenesis. The pathophysiology of ventricular tachycardia is complex, as are the technical aspects of mapping and ablating these arrhythmias. Patients often have substantial comorbidities and tenuous hemodynamic status, necessitating pharmacologic and mechanical cardiopulmonary support. General anesthesia and monitored anesthesia care, when used for sedation during ablation, can lead to drug interactions and side effects in the presence of ventricular tachycardia, so anesthesiologists should also be aware of potential perioperative complications. We discuss variables that can help anesthesiologists safely guide patients through the challenges of radiofrequency catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia. PMID:28100967

  18. Cryoballoon or Radiofrequency Ablation for Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation.

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    Kuck, Karl-Heinz; Brugada, Josep; Fürnkranz, Alexander; Metzner, Andreas; Ouyang, Feifan; Chun, K R Julian; Elvan, Arif; Arentz, Thomas; Bestehorn, Kurt; Pocock, Stuart J; Albenque, Jean-Paul; Tondo, Claudio

    2016-06-09

    Current guidelines recommend pulmonary-vein isolation by means of catheter ablation as treatment for drug-refractory paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Radiofrequency ablation is the most common method, and cryoballoon ablation is the second most frequently used technology. We conducted a multicenter, randomized trial to determine whether cryoballoon ablation was noninferior to radiofrequency ablation in symptomatic patients with drug-refractory paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. The primary efficacy end point in a time-to-event analysis was the first documented clinical failure (recurrence of atrial fibrillation, occurrence of atrial flutter or atrial tachycardia, use of antiarrhythmic drugs, or repeat ablation) following a 90-day period after the index ablation. The noninferiority margin was prespecified as a hazard ratio of 1.43. The primary safety end point was a composite of death, cerebrovascular events, or serious treatment-related adverse events. A total of 762 patients underwent randomization (378 assigned to cryoballoon ablation and 384 assigned to radiofrequency ablation). The mean duration of follow-up was 1.5 years. The primary efficacy end point occurred in 138 patients in the cryoballoon group and in 143 in the radiofrequency group (1-year Kaplan-Meier event rate estimates, 34.6% and 35.9%, respectively; hazard ratio, 0.96; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.76 to 1.22; P<0.001 for noninferiority). The primary safety end point occurred in 40 patients in the cryoballoon group and in 51 patients in the radiofrequency group (1-year Kaplan-Meier event rate estimates, 10.2% and 12.8%, respectively; hazard ratio, 0.78; 95% CI, 0.52 to 1.18; P=0.24). In this randomized trial, cryoballoon ablation was noninferior to radiofrequency ablation with respect to efficacy for the treatment of patients with drug-refractory paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, and there was no significant difference between the two methods with regard to overall safety. (Funded by Medtronic; FIRE

  19. Osteoid Osteoma: Experience with Laser- and Radiofrequency-Induced Ablation

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    Gebauer, Bernhard Tunn, Per-Ulf; Gaffke, Gunnar; Melcher, Ingo; Felix, Roland; Stroszczynski, Christian

    2006-04-15

    The purpose of this study was to analyze the clinical outcome of osteoid osteoma treated by thermal ablation after drill opening. A total of 17 patients and 20 procedures were included. All patients had typical clinical features (age, pain) and a typical radiograph showing a nidus. In 5 cases, additional histological specimens were acquired. After drill opening of the osteoid osteoma nidus, 12 thermal ablations were induced by laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) (9F Power-Laser-Set; Somatex, Germany) and 8 ablations by radiofrequency ablation (RFA) (RITA; StarBurst, USA). Initial clinical success with pain relief has been achieved in all patients after the first ablation. Three patients had an osteoid osteoma recurrence after 3, 9, and 10 months and were successfully re-treated by thermal ablation. No major complication and one minor complication (sensible defect) were recorded. Thermal ablation is a safe and minimally invasive therapy option for osteoid osteoma. Although the groups are too small for a comparative analysis, we determined no difference between laser- and radiofrequency-induced ablation in clinical outcome after ablation.

  20. [Treatment of small renal masses with laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation].

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    Estébanez, Javier; Gutiérrez, Miguel Angel; Linazasoro, Ione; Belloso, Ion; Cano, Carlos; Sanz, Juan Pablo

    2013-01-01

    To perform a bibliographic review of the laparoscopic approach for radiofrequency ablation of small renal masses. For this review we used the Medline database. We reviewed the clinical guidelines of the American Urological Association, the European Association of Urology and other institutions. Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive treatment in which a needle is introduced in the tumor once it is identified, and it produces an increase of temperature high enough to destroy tumor cells. This technique may be used by percutaneous approach, or during a laparoscopic approach. The choice of one technique or another depends on tumor site, closeness to the bowels or other organs and patient conditions. It would be indicated in patients with small tumors or important comorbidity who are not candidates for surgery. There are not randomized studies comparing these ablation techniques with the surgical techniques. There is no randomized study comparing the efficacy of percutaneous and laparoscopic techniques either but a metanalysis comparing them has been performed. The treatment of small renal masses keeps being surgical excision. Radiofrequency ablation represents an alternative for carefully selected patients due to its low morbidity and few complications. There are not long term efficacy studies to date. Laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation would be indicated in cases in which the percutaneous approach is complicated due to tumor site.

  1. A New Radiofrequency Ablation Procedure to Treat Sacroiliac Joint Pain.

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    Cheng, Jianguo; Chen, See Loong; Zimmerman, Nicole; Dalton, Jarrod E; LaSalle, Garret; Rosenquist, Richard

    2016-01-01

    Low back pain may arise from disorders of the sacroiliac joint in up to 30% of patients. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the nerves innervating the sacroiliac joint has been shown to be a safe and efficacious strategy. We aimed to develop a new RFA technique to relieve low back pain secondary to sacroiliac joint disorders. Methodology development with validation through prospective observational non-randomized trial (PONRT). Academic multidisciplinary health care system, Ohio, USA. We devised a guide-block to facilitate accurate placement of multiple electrodes to simultaneously ablate the L5 dorsal ramus and lateral branches of the S1, S2, and S3 dorsal rami. This was achieved by bipolar radiofrequency ablation (b-RFA) to create a strip lesion from the lateral border of the base of the sacral superior articular process (L5-S1 facet joint) to the lateral border of the S3 sacral foramen. We applied this technique in 31 consecutive patients and compared the operating time, x-ray exposure time and dose, and clinical outcomes with patients (n = 62) who have been treated with the cooled radiofrequency technique. Patients' level of pain relief was reported as < 50%, 50 - 80%, and > 80% pain relief at one, 3, 6, and 12 months after the procedure. The relationship between RFA technique and duration of pain relief was evaluated using interval-censored multivariable Cox regression. The new technique allowed reduction of operating time by more than 50%, x-ray exposure time and dose by more than 80%, and cost by more than $1,000 per case. The percent of patients who achieved > 50% pain reduction was significantly higher in the b-RFA group at 3, 6, and 12 months follow-up, compared to the cooled radiofrequency group. No complications were observed in either group. Although the major confounding factors were taken into account in the analysis, use of historical controls does not balance observed and unobserved potential confounding variables between groups so that the reported

  2. Comparison of Bare-Tip and Radial Fiber in Endovenous Laser Ablation with 1470 nm Diode Laser

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    Kurihara, Nobuhisa

    2014-01-01

    Objective: Major side effects after endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) are pain and bruising. The aim of this study was to compare outcome and side effects after EVLA for primary varicose veins with 1470 nm diode laser using bare-tip orradial fiber. Methods: From October 2007 to December 2010, 385 patients (453 limbs) with primary varicose veins treated with 1470 nm laser were studied. Bare-tip fiber was used in 215 patients (242 limbs) (BF group) and radial fiber (ELVeSTMRadial, Biolitec AG, Germany) was used in 177 patients (211 limbs) (RF group). This study is a retrospective study and radial fiber was started for use from November 2008. Laser energy was administered at 6–12 W of power in the BF group and 10 W of power in the RF group with constant pullback of laser fiber under tumescent local anesthesia. The patients were assessed by clinical examination and venous duplex ultrasonography at 24–48 h, one week, one month, 4 months and one year follow-up postoperatively. Results: Mean operating time, length of treated vein and linear endovenous laser energy of all cases were 42.6 min, 36.2 cm and 83.4 J/cm, respectively. Major complications such as deep vein thrombosis and skin burns were not noted. Bruising (1.9% vs. 19.4%) and pain (0.9% vs. 7.4%) were significantly lower in the RF group. Cumulative occlusion rates by Kaplan-Meier method were 100% at 32 months in the RF group and 99.5% at 4 years in the BF group. Conclusion: EVLA using 1470 nm laser with the radial fiber minimized adverse effects compared with bare-tip laser fiber. (*English translation of Jpn J Vasc Surg 2013; 22: 615-621) PMID:25298824

  3. Osteoid osteoma of the cuboid managed by percutaneous radiofrequency ablation.

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    Chakraverty, Julian; Al-Mokhtar, Namir; James, Steven L

    2014-01-01

    We present details of a case of osteoid osteoma of the tarsal cuboid bone. Osteoid osteoma arising in the foot is not very common, and localization in the cuboid is rare. To our knowledge, this is the first case of osteoid osteoma of the cuboid bone treated successfully by percutaneous radiofrequency ablation.

  4. [Thrombus visualisation during radiofrequency catheter ablation. A case report].

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    Maciag, Aleksander; Szwed, Hanna; Pytkowski, Mariusz; Kraska, Alicja; Sterliński, Maciej

    2005-10-01

    We report two patients in whom thrombus formation during radiofrequency catheter ablation was detected by echocardiography. Resolution of thrombus after intravenous use of heparin was observed in both patients. Transesophageal and intracardiac echocardiography may be useful in management of this complication.

  5. Palliation of Painful Perineal Metastasis Treated with Radiofrequency Thermal Ablation

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    Thanos, L. Mylona, S.; Kalioras, V.; Pomoni, M.; Batakis, N.

    2005-04-15

    We report a case of painful perineal metastasis from urinary bladder carcinoma in a 73-years-old woman, treated with CT-guided radiofrequency ablation (RFA). The pain was immediately relieved and follow-up at 1 and 6 months showed total necrosis of the mass. One year later, the patient has no pain and her quality of life is improved.

  6. [Catheter ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation: new generation cryoballoon or contact force sensing radiofrequency ablation?].

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    Nagy, Zsófia; Kis, Zsuzsanna; Som, Zoltán; Földesi, Csaba; Kardos, Attila

    2016-05-29

    Contact force sensing radiofrequency ablation and the new generation cryoballoon ablation are prevalent techniques for the treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. The authors aimed to compare the procedural and 1-year outcome of patients after radiofrequency and cryoballoon ablation. 96 patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (radiofrequency ablation: 58, cryoballoon: 38 patients; 65 men and 31 women aged 28-70 years) were enrolled. At postprocedural 1, 3, 6 and 12 months ECG, Holter monitoring and telephone interviews were performed. Procedure and fluorosocopy time were: radiofrequency ablation, 118.5 ± 15 min and 15.8 ± 6 min; cryoballoon, 73.5 ± 16 min (p<0.05) and 13.8 ± 4.,1 min (p = 0.09), respectively. One year later freedom from atrial fibrillation was achieved in 76.5% of patients who underwent radiofrequency ablation and in 81% of patients treated with cryoballoon. Temporary phrenic nerve palsy occurred in two patients and pericardial tamponade developed in one patient. In this single center study freedom from paroxysmal atrial fibrillation was similar in the two groups with significant shorter procedure time in the cryoballoon group.

  7. Radiofrequency Ablation for Iatrogenic Thyroid Artery Pseudoaneurysm: Initial Experience.

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    Jun, Ye Kyeong; Jung, So Lyung; Byun, Ho Kyun; Baek, Jung Hwan; Sung, Jin Yong; Sim, Jung Suk

    2016-10-01

    Eight iatrogenic thyroid pseudoaneurysms (ITPAs) after thyroid biopsy are reported. The mean ITPA diameter was 7.2 mm (range 4 to 12 mm). Ultrasound (US)-guided compression was initially performed at the neck of the ITPA in all cases. Among them, 4 ITPAs persisted (50%) in which radiofrequency (RF) ablation was performed. Mean RF ablation time and power were 13.5 seconds (range 5 to 24 seconds) and 20 W (range 10 to 50 W), respectively. All 4 cases were treated with RF ablation without any complications.

  8. A Complicated Postsurgical Echinococcal Cyst Treated with Radiofrequency Ablation

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    Thanos, L. Mylona, S.; Brontzakis, P.; Ptohis, N.; Karaliotas, K.

    2008-01-15

    Surgery of hydatid cysts is often complicated with intrabiliary rupture (IBR), which if not recognized may lead to biliary fistula with rather high rates of morbidity and mortality. We report our experience with the application of radiofrequency (RF) ablation for the treatment of an operated hepatic echinococcal cyst which was complicated with biliocystic communication and cysteocutaneous fistula with bile leakage. RF ablation was performed under CT guidance into the remaining cyst through the cutaneous fistula. Since ablation of the cyst and the fistula the patient has been asymptomatic.

  9. Radiofrequency ablation of the great saphenous vein, comparing one versus two treatment cycles for the proximal vein segment.

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    Sufian, S; Arnez, A; Labropoulos, N; Nguyen, K; Satwah, V; Marquez, J; Chowla, A; Lakhanpal, S

    2015-12-01

    To evaluate the results of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the great saphenous vein (GSV) using one versus two 20 s energy cycle treatment in the proximal 7 cm segment of the GSV. All patients who underwent RFA of the GSV from 1 May 2013 to 30 September 2013 in eight of our vein centers were included. Duplex ultrasound scans (DUSs) were performed prior to treatment on all patients and 2-3 days, and 1 month after procedure. Demographic data, GSV diameters, and other relevant data were recorded. Clinical, Etiologic, Anatomic, Pathologic (CEAP) classification and Venous Clinical Severity Scores (VCSSs) were determined prior to ablation and one month later. Patients who developed endovenous heat induced thrombosis (EHIT) were followed till resolution. A total of 205 patients had one cycle treatment (group A) and 204 had two cycle treatment (group B). The two groups were comparable in their demography, CEAP classification, and VCSS scores. The rate of failure of ablation and incidence of EHIT were also not significantly different. The incidence of complications was low, <5% in both groups and all were minor. Two cycle treatment of the proximal GSV for vein ablation does not improve the success rate of vein closure in the short term, compared to one cycle treatment. It also does not increase the risks of DVT, EHIT, major bleeding, and other complications. However, we do not know at what diameter two cycles may be superior to one cycle. © The Author(s) 2014.

  10. Comparing cold and warm tumescent anesthesia for pain perception during and after the endovenous laser ablation procedure with 1470 nm diode laser.

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    Dumantepe, Mert; Uyar, Ibrahim

    2015-02-01

    The aim of this study was to compare the pain perception and side effects during and after endovenous laser ablation with a 1470 nm diode laser using cold or room temperature tumescence anesthesia. One hundred and one patients were randomly assigned in two groups. Group A received room temperature (+24℃) and Group B received cold (+4℃) tumescence fluid, which was used for local anesthesia in the track of great saphenous vein. A visual analog score was recorded immediately after the procedure. Patients were asked to register pain scores and the amount of pain medication consumed during the week. There was no significant difference concerning gender, age, Clinical Etiological Anatomical Pathological Classification, body mass index, or diameter of the treated vein. In Group A, the mean linear endovenous energy density was 59.5 J/cm and in Group B, it was 60.4 J/cm. The average visual analog score after the endovenous laser ablation procedure in Group A was 5 and in Group B was 2. Third day after the procedure, the average visual analog score in Group A was 3 and in Group B was 1. Patients in Group B needed significantly less analgesics compared with patients in Group A (p<0.05). The most frequent side effects in both groups were ecchymosis, induration, and minor paraesthesia, all of which were more common in Group A (p < 0.001). To date, most published endovenous laser ablation series describe the use of room temperature tumescence fluid infiltration of the perivenous stroma for tumescent analgesia and protection against thermal injury to the nearby structures. We describe an alternative technique using cold tumescence fluid infiltration, which is equally effective as, but safer than, room temperature tumescence fluid infiltration, and which yields better visual analog scores. © The Author(s) 2013 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav.

  11. Complications associated with radiofrequency ablation of pulmonary veins.

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    Madrid Pérez, J M; García Barquín, P M; Villanueva Marcos, A J; García Bolao, J I; Bastarrika Alemañ, G

    Radiofrequency ablation is an efficacious alternative in patients with symptomatic atrial fibrillation who do not respond to or are intolerant to at least one class I or class III antiarrhythmic drug. Although radiofrequency ablation is a safe procedure, complications can occur. Depending on the location, these complications can be classified into those that affect the pulmonary veins themselves, cardiac complications, extracardiac intrathoracic complications, remote complications, and those that result from vascular access. The most common complications are hematomas, arteriovenous fistulas, and pseudoaneurysms at the puncture site. Some complications are benign and transient, such as gastroparesis or diaphragmatic elevation, whereas others are potentially fatal, such as cardiac tamponade. Radiologists must be familiar with the complications that can occur secondary to pulmonary vein ablation to ensure early diagnosis and treatment. Copyright © 2016 SERAM. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  12. Irrigated Tip Catheters for Radiofrequency Ablation in Ventricular Tachycardia

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    Grothoff, Matthias; Dinov, Borislav; Kosiuk, Jedrzej; Richter, Sergio; Sommer, Philipp; Breithardt, Ole A.; Bollmann, Andreas; Arya, Arash; Hindricks, Gerhard

    2015-01-01

    Radiofrequency (RF) ablation with irrigated tip catheters decreases the likelihood of thrombus and char formation and enables the creation of larger lesions. Due to the potential dramatic consequences, the prevention of thromboembolic events is of particular importance for left-sided procedures. Although acute success rates of ventricular tachycardia (VT) ablation are satisfactory, recurrence rate is high. Apart from the progress of the underlying disease, reconduction and the lack of effective transmural lesions play a major role for VT recurrences. This paper reviews principles of lesion formation with radiofrequency and the effect of tip irrigation as well as recent advances in new technology. Potential areas of further development of catheter technology might be the improvement of mapping by better substrate definition and resolution, the introduction of bipolar and multipolar ablation techniques into clinical routine, and the use of alternative sources of energy. PMID:25705659

  13. Cardiac Radiofrequency Ablation: A Clinical Update for Nurses.

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    Shoulders, Bridget; Mauriello, Jillian; Shellman, Tamika; Follett, Corrinne

    2016-01-01

    The field of electrophysiology (EP) has rapidly evolved from a focus on diagnostic procedures to an emphasis on interventions. Many cardiac arrhythmias traditionally treated with antiarrhythmic agents, cardioversion, or cardiac surgery are now routinely cured with cardiac ablation. To optimally manage the care of cardiac ablation patients, it is essential that nurses have an understanding of the EP procedures and related nursing implications. There are extensive evidence-based resources available in the medical literature; however, there are limited publications geared toward nurses caring for cardiac ablation patients.This article provides an overview of EP diagnostic and cardiac radio-frequency ablation procedures for select atrial and ventricular tachyarrhythmias. Evidence-based nursing practices related to postprocedure care will be addressed. The objective of this article is to increase nurses' knowledge of common cardiac ablation procedures and the nursing management of the patient postprocedure.

  14. Microwave Ablation Compared to Radiofrequency Ablation for Hepatic Lesions: A Meta-Analysis.

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    Huo, Ya Ruth; Eslick, Guy D

    2015-08-01

    To evaluate the efficacy and safety of microwave (MW) ablation compared with radiofrequency (RF) ablation for hepatic lesions by using meta-analytic techniques. Overall, 16 studies involving 2,062 patients were included. MW ablation was found to have significantly better 6-year overall survival than RF ablation (odds ratio, 1.64, 95% confidence interval, 1.15-2.35), but this was based on a few articles (n = 3 of 16). MW ablation and RF ablation had similar 1-5-year overall survival, disease-free survival, local recurrence rate, and adverse events. Based on similar safety and efficacy outcomes, either MW ablation or RF ablation may be used for effective local hepatic therapy. Crown Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Radiofrequency Ablation of Persistent Atrial Fibrillation

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    Hussein, Ayman A.; Saliba, Walid I.; Barakat, Amr; Bassiouny, Mohammed; Chamsi-Pasha, Mohammed; Al-Bawardy, Rasha; Hakim, Ali; Tarakji, Khaldoun; Baranowski, Bryan; Cantillon, Daniel; Dresing, Thomas; Tchou, Patrick; Martin, David O.; Varma, Niraj; Bhargava, Mandeep; Callahan, Thomas; Niebauer, Mark; Kanj, Mohamed; Chung, Mina; Natale, Andrea; Lindsay, Bruce D.; Wazni, Oussama M.

    2017-01-01

    Background Various ablation strategies of persistent atrial fibrillation (PersAF) have had disappointing outcomes, despite concerted clinical and research efforts, which could reflect progressive atrial fibrillation–related atrial remodeling. Methods and Results Two-year outcomes were assessed in 1241 consecutive patients undergoing first-time ablation of PersAF (2005–2012). The time intervals between the first diagnosis of PersAF and the ablation procedures were determined. Patients had echocardiograms and measures of B-type natriuretic peptide and C-reactive protein before the procedures. The median diagnosis-to-ablation time was 3 years (25th–75th percentiles 1–6.5). With longer diagnosis-to-ablation time (based on quartiles), there was a significant increase in recurrence rates in addition to an increase in B-type natriuretic peptide levels (P=0.01), C-reactive protein levels (P<0.0001), and left atrial size (P=0.03). The arrhythmia recurrence rates over 2 years were 33.6%, 52.6%, 57.1%, and 54.6% in the first, second, third, and fourth quartiles, respectively (Pcategorical<0.0001). In Cox Proportional Hazard analyses, B-type natriuretic peptide levels, C-reactive protein levels, and left atrial size were associated with arrhythmia recurrence. The diagnosis-to-ablation time had the strongest association with the ablation outcomes which persisted in multivariable Cox analyzes (hazard ratio for recurrence per +1Log diagnosis-to-ablation time 1.27, 95% confidence interval 1.14–1.43; P<0.0001; hazard ratio fourth versus first quartile 2.44, 95% confidence interval 1.68–3.65; Pcategorical<0.0001). Conclusions In patients with PersAF undergoing ablation, the time interval between the first diagnosis of PersAF and the catheter ablation procedure had a strong association with the ablation outcomes, such as shorter diagnosis-to-ablation times were associated with better outcomes and in direct association with markers of atrial remodeling. PMID:26763227

  16. The sural nerve: Sonographic anatomy, variability and relation to the small saphenous vein in the setting of endovenous thermal ablation.

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    Rodriguez-Acevedo, Omar; Elstner, Kristen; Zea, Aaron; Diaz, Jenny; Martinic, Kui; Ibrahim, Nabeel

    2017-02-01

    Background Neurological complications are well documented in association with both surgical stripping or disconnection and thermal ablation of the small saphenous vein. The sural nerve (medial sural cutaneous nerve) is most vulnerable due to its close relationship to the small saphenous vein. Objective This is a cross-sectional observational study of the sonographic anatomy of 115 Australian patients to determine the course of the sural nerve and its relationship to the small saphenous vein, and to identify its relevance in the thermal ablation of the small saphenous vein. Method Sonographic mapping of the right sural nerve was performed with a Philips L12.5 and Sonosite 10.5 MHz ultrasound machine on 115 patients. The sural nerve was traced proximally from the level of the lateral malleolus to the popliteal fossa in order to measure its distance from the small saphenous vein at four reference points in the lower leg. Results A total of 115 patients were studied (females 82, males 33). The sural nerve was identified in 100% of patients; 64 patients (55.7%) showed usual sural nerve anatomy, while 51 patients (44.3%) demonstrated a range of anatomical variations, including the sural nerve becoming epifascial at a higher point than usual. Conclusion The sural nerve was identifiable on duplex ultrasound in 100% of cases. Classic anatomical relations and the perceived protection of the sural nerve conferred by the deep fascia of the upper calf are unreliable. Preoperative strategies can help to approach and protect the sural nerve in the endovenous ablation setting.

  17. Tumor Seeding Following Lung Radiofrequency Ablation: A Case Report

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    Yamakado, Koichiro Akeboshi, Masao; Nakatsuka, Atsuhiro; Takaki, Haruyuki; Takao, Motoshi; Kobayashi, Hiroyasu; Taguchi, Osamu; Takeda, Kan

    2005-05-15

    Lung radiofrequency (RF) ablation was performed for the treatment of a primary lung cancer measuring 2.5 cm in maximum diameter in a 78-year-old man. A contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) study performed 3 months after RF ablation showed incomplete ablation of the lung tumor and the appearance of a chest wall tumor 4.0 cm in maximum diameter that was considered to be the result of needle-tract seeding. RF ablation was performed for the treatment of both the lung and the chest wall tumors. Although tumor enhancement was eradicated in both of the treated tumors, follow-up CT studies revealed diffuse intra-pulmonary metastases in both lungs 2 months after the second RF session. He is currently receiving systemic chemotherapy.

  18. Effects of Fentanyl and Morphine on Shivering During Spinal Anesthesia in Patients Undergoing Endovenous Ablation of Varicose Veins

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    Onk, Didem; Ayazoğlu, Tülin Akarsu; Kuyrukluyıldız, Ufuk; Aksüt, Mehmet; Bedir, Zehra; Küpeli, İlke; Onk, Oruç Alper; Alagöl, Ayşin

    2016-01-01

    Background We sought to investigate the effect of morphine and fentanyl on shivering when used adjunctively with bupivacaine during spinal anesthesia in patients undergoing varicose vein surgery on an outpatient basis. Material/Methods The study included a total of 90 patients, aged 25–45 years, ASA I–II, scheduled to undergo endovenous laser ablation under spinal anesthesia for lower extremity venous insufficiency/varicose vein disease. Patients were randomly allocated into 3 groups: Group M (morphine group) received 5 mg 0.5% hyperbaric bupivacaine + 0.1 mg morphine, Group F (fentanyl group) received 5 mg 0.5% hyperbaric bupivacaine + 25 μg fentanyl, and Group C (control group) received 5 mg 0.5% hyperbaric bupivacaine + physiologic saline. The level of sensory blockade was assessed with pin-prick test and the level of motor blockade was assessed with Bromage scale at 5-min intervals. Shivering grade and time to first postoperative analgesic requirement was recorded. Results Level and time of sensory block showed a slight but insignificant increase in the Morphine Group and Fentanyl Group. Time of postoperative analgesic requirement was significantly longer in patients who received morphine (p<0.05). Shivering was significantly less common in patients who received morphine and fentanyl than in patients who are in the Control Group (p<0.02). Conclusions Morphine or fentanyl may be used as adjunctives to spinal anesthesia to prevent shivering in patients undergoing venous surgery. PMID:26871238

  19. Safety and Effectiveness of Endovenous Laser Ablation Combined With Ligation for Severe Saphenous Varicose Veins in Japanese Patients.

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    Izumi, Masafumi; Ikeda, Yuichi; Yamashita, Hiroharu; Asaoka, Yoshinari; Fujishiro, Mitsuhiro; Shin, Masahiro; Abo, Yoshihisa

    2016-01-01

    Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), which is a relatively new therapeutic option for saphenous varicose veins of the legs, is less invasive than conventional stripping surgery with ligation. In this study, we evaluated the safety and effectiveness of EVLA combined with ligation for severe saphenous varicose veins that were graded as ≥ C4 by the CEAP classification. We treated 119 Japanese patients (141 limbs) between July 2005 and December 2007 utilizing a 1320-nm Nd:YAG laser. The obliteration rate of the treated veins was found to be 100% over the entire follow-up period (2.5 years). Consistent with this finding, all of the patients exhibited improved skin lesions (ie, skin pigmentation and ulceration). No major complications, including deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and nerve injury, were observed. A questionnaire survey with a reasonable response rate (66.4%) demonstrated that subjective symptoms and minor complications that were initially observed after EVLA, such as mild pain, numbness, indurations, and localized hot flashes, were remarkably improved by the end of the follow-up period. Furthermore, high levels of patient satisfaction were noted. Thus, EVLA combined with ligation constituted a safe and effective strategy for treating severe saphenous varicose veins in Japanese patients.

  20. Endometrial ablation

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    Hysteroscopy-endometrial ablation; Laser thermal ablation; Endometrial ablation-radiofrequency; Endometrial ablation-thermal balloon ablation; Rollerball ablation; Hydrothermal ablation; Novasure ablation

  1. Microwave Ablation Compared with Radiofrequency Ablation for Breast Tissue in an Ex Vivo Bovine Udder Model

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    Tanaka, Toshihiro; Westphal, Saskia; Isfort, Peter; Braunschweig, Till; Penzkofer, Tobias Bruners, Philipp; Kichikawa, Kimihiko; Schmitz-Rode, Thomas Mahnken, Andreas H.

    2012-08-15

    Purpose: To compare the effectiveness of microwave (MW) ablation with radiofrequency (RF) ablation for treating breast tissue in a nonperfused ex vivo model of healthy bovine udder tissue. Materials and Methods: MW ablations were performed at power outputs of 25W, 35W, and 45W using a 915-MHz frequency generator and a 2-cm active tip antenna. RF ablations were performed with a bipolar RF system with 2- and 3-cm active tip electrodes. Tissue temperatures were continuously monitored during ablation. Results: The mean short-axis diameters of the coagulation zones were 1.34 {+-} 0.14, 1.45 {+-} 0.13, and 1.74 {+-} 0.11 cm for MW ablation at outputs of 25W, 35W, and 45W. For RF ablation, the corresponding values were 1.16 {+-} 0.09 and 1.26 {+-} 0.14 cm with electrodes having 2- and 3-cm active tips, respectively. The mean coagulation volumes were 2.27 {+-} 0.65, 2.85 {+-} 0.72, and 4.45 {+-} 0.47 cm{sup 3} for MW ablation at outputs of 25W, 35W, and 45W and 1.18 {+-} 0.30 and 2.29 {+-} 0.55 cm{sup 3} got RF ablation with 2- and 3-cm electrodes, respectively. MW ablations at 35W and 45W achieved significantly longer short-axis diameters than RF ablations (P < 0.05). The highest tissue temperature was achieved with MW ablation at 45W (P < 0.05). On histological examination, the extent of the ablation zone in MW ablations was less affected by tissue heterogeneity than that in RF ablations. Conclusion: MW ablation appears to be advantageous with respect to the volume of ablation and the shape of the margin of necrosis compared with RF ablation in an ex vivo bovine udder.

  2. Pulmonary radiofrequency ablation (Part 2): Procedure and follow-up.

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    Plasencia Martínez, J M

    2015-01-01

    Pulmonary radiofrequency ablation requires more than just interventional radiology skills. Patients must be selected carefully, and the acts that need to be done before, during, and after the procedure must be coordinated. To guarantee patient safety, radiologists need to know the variants of the technique, the precautions that must be taken, the complications that can occur, and the risks involved. Early differentiation between tumor tissue and normal changes secondary to treatment on imaging tests will make it possible to repeat the treatment without delays, and this will increase survival. This article describes how to coordinate and carry out pulmonary radiofrequency ablation, the complications of the technique, and the current evidence in follow-up. Copyright © 2014 SERAM. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  3. Radiofrequency catheter ablation for the management of cardiac tachyarrhythmias.

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    Wood, M; Ellenbogen, K; Stambler, B

    1993-10-01

    Radiofrequency catheter ablation techniques allow for safe and highly effective curative therapy of a variety of cardiac dysrhythmias. The technique involves the delivery of a high-frequency, alternating electrical current through an intravascular catheter to sites of arrhythmogenic myocardium. This current induces resistive electrical heating of the tissue, resulting in discrete areas of myocardial destruction through coagulation and desiccation. Dysrhythmias most commonly treated with these techniques are atrioventricular nodal reentry and tachycardias related to accessory atrioventricular bypass tracts. For these dysrhythmias, success rates of 90% to 95% are achievable with a low (2% to 4%) risk of complications. Radiofrequency catheter ablation techniques also have been used to treat ventricular tachycardias, atrial flutter, ectopic atrial tachycardia, and sinus node reentry, albeit with lower success rates. These techniques are still evolving, alternate energy sources (such as microwave and laser) and improved catheter technology should enhance the technique's safety and efficacy for a wider range of dysrhythmias.

  4. Diaphragmatic Hernia After Radiofrequency Ablation for Hepatocellular Carcinoma

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    Yamagami, Takuji Yoshimatsu, Rika; Matsushima, Shigenori; Tanaka, Osamu; Miura, Hiroshi; Nishimura, Tsunehiko

    2011-02-15

    We describe a 71-year-old woman with a hepatocellular carcinoma who underwent percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RF) with a single internally cooled electrode under computed tomography (CT) fluoroscopic guidance. Nine months after the procedure, CT images showed herniation of the large intestine into the right pleural cavity. To our knowledge this complication of RF performed with a single internally cooled electrode under CT guidance has not been previously reported.

  5. Core body temperature regulation of pediatric patients during radiofrequency ablation.

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    Hoffer, Fredric A; Campos, Alvaro; Xiong, Xiaoping; Wu, Shengjie; Oigbokie, Nikita; Proctor, Kimberly

    2007-03-01

    Core body temperature elevation (hyperthermia) can occur during radiofrequency ablation of large centrally located tumors in small children. Hyperthermia can be predicted on the basis of long burn times, high wattage delivered by the RF system and low body weight. If hyperthermia is anticipated, cooling blankets using refrigerated air or water are recommended. The advantage of these systems is that the cooling can help maintain normal core body temperature.

  6. Various complications of percutaneous radiofrequency ablation for hepatic tumors: radiologic findings and technical tips.

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    Kwon, Heon-Ju; Kim, Pyo Nyun; Byun, Jae Ho; Kim, Kyoung Won; Won, Hyung Jin; Shin, Yong Moon; Lee, Moon-Gyu

    2014-11-01

    Radiofrequency ablation is a safe and effective treatment for primary and secondary liver malignancies and has a low complication rate; however, there are various radiofrequency ablation-related complications which can occur from the thorax to the pelvis. Although most of these complications are usually minor and self-limited, they may become fatal if diagnosis and treatment are delayed. It is important for radiologists performing radiofrequency ablation to have a perspective regarding the possible radiofrequency ablation-related complications and their risk factors as well as the radiologic findings for their timely detection and increase of the treatment efficacy, and thereby encouraging the use of the radiofrequency ablation technique. This article illustrates the various imaging features of common and rare radiofrequency ablation-related complications as well as offers technical tips in order to avoid these complications. © The Foundation Acta Radiologica 2013 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav.

  7. An investigation of the relationship between energy density and endovenous laser ablation success: does energy density matter?

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    Prince, Ethan A; Ahn, Sun H; Dubel, Gregory J; Soares, Gregory M

    2008-10-01

    To assess the relationship between energy density and the success of endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) treatment. A total of 586 EVLAs were performed in a period of 35 months. Retrospective chart review was performed, and data collected included the patients' age, sex, and history of venous stripping procedures, as well as the name, laterality, and length of the treated vein segment(s) and the total energy delivered. Energy density was calculated by dividing total energy delivered (in J) by the length of vein (in cm). Energy density selection was based on the treating interventionalist's preference. Ablated segments were grouped into those treated with less than 60 J/cm, 60-80 J/cm, 81-100 J/cm, and more than 100 J/cm. Failure of EVLA was defined by recanalization of any portion of the treated vein during follow-up as assessed by duplex Doppler ultrasound examination. Failure rates were compared with the chi(2) test and Wilcoxon rank-sum test. A total of 471 segments were included in the analysis with an average follow-up period of 5 months (range, 0.2-28.7 months). Overall, 11 failures were encountered, including four in the group treated with less than 60 J/cm (n = 109; 4%), two in the 60-80-J/cm group (n = 77; 3%), four in the 81-100-J/cm group (n = 169; 3%), and one in the group treated with more than 100 J/cm (n = 116; 1%). There was no statistically significant difference in failure rates among energy density ranges. EVLA has a low failure rate that is not affected by energy density.

  8. Radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation during concomitant cardiac surgery.

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    Pinho-Gomes, Ana C; Amorim, Mário J; Oliveira, Sílvia M; Azevedo, Luís; Almeida, Jorge; Monteiro, Vítor; Maciel, Maria Júlia; Pinho, Paulo; Leite-Moreira, Adelino F

    2014-01-01

    We present the experience of our centre with radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation concomitantly with cardiac surgery Methods: 170 patients underwent atrial fibrillation ablation with uni/bipolar-radiofrequency. They were followed for 3-months and then as appropriate for the cardiac disease. In 2013, patients still alive underwent rhythm monitoring with ECG and 24-hour tape if in sinus rhythm Mean age was 65 years old and 42% of the patients were male. Paroxysmal AF was rare (7%). Most patients had preserved ejection fraction and dilated left atria (diameter 53.2±7.5 mm). The most common indication for cardiac surgery was valve disease. More than 75% of the patients underwent prophylactic closure of the left atrial appendage. Pulmonary vein isolation was performed in all patients, followed by other left atrial ablation lines. Overall, surgical complications were rare, being the most frequent pacemaker implantation (15%). Median length of stay was 9 days (p25-p75:7-14). At discharge, 69% of the patients were in sinus rhythm, being 90% on anticoagulation and 69% on amiodarone. In-hospital mortality was less than 3% (5 patients), none of them related to the ablation procedure. At 3 months, 50% of the patients were in sinus rhythm, being 92% on anticoagulation and 75% on antiarrhythmic drugs. Direct current cardioversion was successful in 8 of 12 patients. In the multivariate analysis, being in sinus rhythm at discharge was the single independent predictor of maintaining sinus rhythm at 3 months. In 2013 (469 patients-year), 40% of the patients were in sinus rhythm, being 80% on anticoagulation and 45% on antiarrhythmic drugs. Concurrent atrial fibrillation ablation with radiofrequency achieves satisfactory and stable recovery of sinu rhythm without adding significant operative risk and post-operative complications.

  9. A rare complication following radiofrequency ablation.

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    Rajakulasingam, Ramyah; Francis, Rohin; Ghuran, Azad

    2013-02-18

    Atrial-oesophageal fistula (AOF) formation is a rare but often fatal complication post radio frequency ablation (RFA). Mortality ranges from 67% to 100%, with a rapid progression from symptom onset to death. We report a case of a healthy man in his early 40s who presented with a Glasgow Coma Scale  of 5/15, clinical evidence of sepsis and Streptococcus viridans bacteraemia, 14 days following uncomplicated RFA for atrial fibrillation. Establishing a diagnosis of AOF can be difficult, as patients may have bacteraemia, but are consequently misdiagnosed with infective endocarditis, as in this case. One should have a high-index of suspicion for AOF in patients presenting with the aforementioned constellation of symptoms following ablation. There are no established predictors of mortality, but prompt detection, emergent operative intervention and prolonged antibiotic therapy are vital for survival.

  10. Localization of gaps during redo ablations of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation: Preferential patterns depending on the choice of cryoballoon ablation or radiofrequency ablation for the initial procedure.

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    Galand, Vincent; Pavin, Dominique; Behar, Nathalie; Auffret, Vincent; Fénéon, Damien; Behaghel, Albin; Daubert, Jean-Claude; Mabo, Philippe; Martins, Raphaël P

    2016-11-01

    Pulmonary vein (PV) isolation, using cryoballoon or radiofrequency ablation, is the cornerstone therapy for symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) refractory to antiarrhythmic drugs. One-third of the patients have recurrences, mainly due to PV reconnections. To describe the different locations of reconnection sites in patients who had previously undergone radiofrequency or cryoballoon ablation, and to compare the characteristics of the redo procedures in both instances. Demographic data and characteristics of the initial ablation (cryoballoon or radiofrequency) were collected. Number and localization of reconduction gaps, and redo characteristics were reviewed. Seventy-four patients scheduled for a redo ablation of paroxysmal AF were included; 38 had been treated by radiofrequency ablation and 36 by cryoballoon ablation during the first procedure. For the initial ablation, procedural and fluoroscopy times were significantly shorter for cryoballoon ablation (147.8±52.6min vs. 226.6±64.3min [P<0.001] and 37.0±17.7min vs. 50.8±22.7min [P=0.005], respectively). Overall, an identical number of gaps was found during redo procedures of cryoballoon and radiofrequency ablations. However, a significantly higher number of gaps were located in the right superior PV for patients first ablated with radiofrequency (0.9±1.0 vs. 0.5±0.9; P=0.009). Gap localization displayed different patterns. Although not significant, redo procedures of cryoballoon ablation were slightly shorter and needed shorter durations of radiofrequency to achieve PV isolation. During redo procedures, gap localization pattern is different for patients first ablated with cryoballoon or radiofrequency ablation, and right superior PV reconnections occur more frequently after radiofrequency ablation. Redo ablation of a previous cryoballoon ablation appears to be easier. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  11. Model-based optimal planning of hepatic radiofrequency ablation.

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    Chen, Qiyong; Müftü, Sinan; Meral, Faik Can; Tuncali, Kemal; Akçakaya, Murat

    2016-07-19

    This article presents a model-based pre-treatment optimal planning framework for hepatic tumour radiofrequency (RF) ablation. Conventional hepatic radiofrequency (RF) ablation methods rely on pre-specified input voltage and treatment length based on the tumour size. Using these experimentally obtained pre-specified treatment parameters in RF ablation is not optimal to achieve the expected level of cell death and usually results in more healthy tissue damage than desired. In this study we present a pre-treatment planning framework that provides tools to control the levels of both the healthy tissue preservation and tumour cell death. Over the geometry of tumour and surrounding tissue, we formulate the RF ablation planning as a constrained optimization problem. With specific constraints over the temperature profile (TP) in pre-determined areas of the target geometry, we consider two different cost functions based on the history of the TP and Arrhenius index (AI) of the target location, respectively. We optimally compute the input voltage variation to minimize the damage to the healthy tissue while ensuring a complete cell death in the tumour and immediate area covering the tumour. As an example, we use a simulation of a 1D symmetric target geometry mimicking the application of single electrode RF probe. Results demonstrate that compared to the conventional methods both cost functions improve the healthy tissue preservation.

  12. The Efficacy of Femoral Block and Unilateral Spinal Anaesthesia on Analgesia, Haemodynamics and Mobilization in Patients undergoing Endovenous Ablation in the Lower Extremity

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    Öztürk, Tülün; Çevikkalp, Eralp; Nizamoglu, Funda; Özbakkaloğlu, Alper; Topcu, İsmet

    2016-01-01

    Objective This study aimed to investigate the efficacy of femoral block and unilateral spinal anaesthesia on analgesia, haemodynamics and mobilization during endovenous ablation in patients with lower extremity venous insufficiency. Methods Forty patients of ASA physical status I and II, with ages ranging between 30 and 45 years, and who were scheduled for endovenous laser ablation for varicose veins were prospectively enrolled in this study. Patients were randomized into a unilateral spinal anaesthesia group (group HS, n=20) or a femoral block group (group F, n=20). Group HS received 7.5–10 mg of heavy bupivacaine for unilateral spinal anaesthesia, while group F received 100 mg prilocaine for femoral block with ultrasound guidance. The level of motor blockage (Bromage score), visual pain score, mean heart rate and mean arterial pressures were recorded at postoperative 0, 1, 2, 3d and 6 h, respectively. Results Perioperative visual pain score values in both groups were <4. None of the groups required an additional analgesic agent. Bromage scores were significantly lower in group F than in group HS during the postoperative period (p<0.01). Motor function returned to normal in all patients at 3 h in group F and at 6 h in group HS. Postoperative mean heart rate and arterial pressure did not differ between the groups (p>0.05). Conclusion In patients with lower extremity venous insufficiency who were undergoing endovenous laser ablation, an ultrasound-guided femoral block provided similar analgesia with that of unilateral spinal anaesthesia. In group F, the duration of anaesthesia and mobilization time was shorter. PMID:27366565

  13. Temperature-Guided Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of Accessory Pathway

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    Choi, Yun Shik; Nam, Gi Byoung; Kim, Hyo Soo; Sohn, Dae Won; Oh, Byung Hee; Lee, Myung Mook; Park, Young Bae; Seo, Jung Don; Lee, Young Woo

    1997-01-01

    Objectives This study was performed to evaluate the usefulness of temperature-guided radiofrequency catheter ablation for the elimination of accessory pathway conduction in patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. Methods Temperature-guided radiofrequency catheter ablation was attempted in 138 patients with 144 accessory pathways (88 pathways along the left free wall, 5 in the anteroseptal region, 2 in the midseptal region, 19 in the posteroseptal region and 30 along the right free wall). The energy source was a HAT 200S which regulated the power automatically to the set temperature of 70°C. Radiofrequency current was delivered through a thermocatheter to the atrial or ventricular side of mitral or tricuspid annulus. Results Accessory pathway conduction was eliminated in 130 of 144 pathways (90.3%). The mean power outputs of the successful ablations at the atrial side of the annulus were higher than those at the ventricular side (34.0±8.9W versus 20.0±7.6W, p<0.01). but the maximum temperatures were lower at the atrial side of the annulus than those at the ventricular side (66.4±14.0°C versus 77.2±6.4°C, p<0.01). There were 3 non-fatal complications (2.1%), 2 patients with hemopericardium and 1 with femoral artery thrombus, during or after ablation procedures. Recurrences of AV re-entrant tachycardia or delta wave on the electrocardiogram occured in 4 patients (2.8%) who had successful second procedures. There were no late complications during a mean follow-up period of 41±25 months (range, 3 to 55). Conclusion We conclude that 1) temperature-guided radiofrequency catheter ablation can be performed reliably and safely in eliminating accessory pathway conduction in patients with WPW syndrome, and 2) temperature monitoring and adjustment of the power to the set temperature during ablation would be useful for the avoidance of impedance rises and coagulum formation. PMID:9439158

  14. Combination acetabular radiofrequency ablation and cementoplasty using a navigational radiofrequency ablation device and ultrahigh viscosity cement: technical note.

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    Wallace, Adam N; Huang, Ambrose J; Vaswani, Devin; Chang, Randy O; Jennings, Jack W

    2016-03-01

    Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation and cementoplasty is an alternative palliative therapy for painful metastases involving axial load-bearing bones. This technical report describes the use of a navigational radiofrequency probe to ablate acetabular metastases from an anterior approach followed by instillation of ultrahigh viscosity cement under CT-fluoroscopic guidance. The tumor ablation databases of two institutions were retrospectively reviewed to identify patients who underwent combination acetabular radiofrequency ablation and cementoplasty using the STAR Tumor Ablation and StabiliT Vertebral Augmentation Systems (DFINE; San Jose, CA). Pre-procedure acetabular tumor volume was measured on cross-sectional imaging. Pre- and post-procedure pain scores were measured using the Numeric Rating Scale (10-point scale) and compared. Partial pain improvement was categorically defined as ≥ 2-point pain score reduction. Patients were evaluated for evidence of immediate complications. Electronic medical records were reviewed for evidence of delayed complications. During the study period, 12 patients with acetabular metastases were treated. The median tumor volume was 54.3 mL (range, 28.3-109.8 mL). Pre- and post-procedure pain scores were obtained from 92% (11/12) of the cohort. The median pre-procedure pain score was 8 (range, 3-10). Post-procedure pain scores were obtained 7 days (82%; 9/11), 11 days (9.1%; 1/11) or 21 days (9.1%; 1/11) after treatment. The median post-treatment pain score was 3 (range, 1-8), a statistically significant difference compared with pre-treatment (P = 0.002). Categorically, 73% (8/11) of patients reported partial pain relief after treatment. No immediate symptomatic complications occurred. Three patients (25%; 3/12) were discharged to hospice within 1 week of treatment. No delayed complications occurred in the remaining 75% (9/12) of patients during median clinical follow-up of 62 days (range, 14-178 days). Palliative percutaneous

  15. Endovenous laser ablation of the great saphenous vein using a bare fibre versus a tulip fibre: a randomised clinical trial.

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    Vuylsteke, M E; Thomis, S; Mahieu, P; Mordon, S; Fourneau, I

    2012-12-01

    This clinical trial aimed to evaluate the clinical results of the use of a tulip fibre versus the use of a bare fibre for endovenous laser ablation. In a multicentre prospective randomised trial 174 patients were randomised for the treatment of great saphenous vein reflux. A duplex scan was scheduled 1 month, 6 months and 1 year postoperatively. Ecchymosis was measured on the 5th postoperative day. In addition, pain, analgesics requirement, postoperative quality of life (CIVIQ 2) and patient satisfaction rate were noted. Patients treated with a tulip fibre had significantly less postoperative ecchymosis (0.04 vs. 0.21; p < 0.001) and pain (5th day) (1.00 vs. 2.00; p < 0.001) and had a better postoperative quality of life (27 vs. 32; p = 0.023). There was no difference in analgesic intake (p = 0.11) and patient satisfaction rate (p = 0.564). The total occlusion rate at 1 year was 97.02% and there was no significant difference between the two groups (p = 0.309). Using a tulip fibre for EVLA of the great saphenous vein results, when compared with the use of a bare fibre, in equal occlusion rates at 1 year but causes less postoperative ecchymosis and pain and in a better postoperative quality of life. Copyright © 2012 European Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Mathematical Modeling of Radiofrequency Ablation for Varicose Veins

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    Choi, Sun Young; Kwak, Byung Kook

    2014-01-01

    We present a three-dimensional mathematical model for the study of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) with blood flow for varicose vein. The model designed to analyze temperature distribution heated by radiofrequency energy and cooled by blood flow includes a cylindrically symmetric blood vessel with a homogeneous vein wall. The simulated blood velocity conditions are U = 0, 1, 2.5, 5, 10, 20, and 40 mm/s. The lower the blood velocity, the higher the temperature in the vein wall and the greater the tissue damage. The region that is influenced by temperature in the case of the stagnant flow occupies approximately 28.5% of the whole geometry, while the region that is influenced by temperature in the case of continuously moving electrode against the flow direction is about 50%. The generated RF energy induces a temperature rise of the blood in the lumen and leads to an occlusion of the blood vessel. The result of the study demonstrated that higher blood velocity led to smaller thermal region and lower ablation efficiency. Since the peak temperature along the venous wall depends on the blood velocity and pullback velocity, the temperature distribution in the model influences ablation efficiency. The vein wall absorbs more energy in the low pullback velocity than in the high one. PMID:25587351

  17. Architecture of the pulmonary veins: relevance to radiofrequency ablation

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    Ho, S; Cabrera, J; Tran, V; Farre, J; Anderson, R; Sanchez-Quintana, D

    2001-01-01

    BACKGROUND—Radiofrequency ablation of tissues in pulmonary veins can eliminate paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.
OBJECTIVE—To explore the characteristics of normal pulmonary veins so as to provide more information relevant to radiofrequency ablation.
METHODS—20 structurally normal heart specimens were examined grossly. Histological sections were made from 65 pulmonary veins.
RESULTS—The longest myocardial sleeves were found in the superior veins. The sleeves were thickest at the venoatrial junction in the left superior pulmonary veins. For the superior veins, the sleeves were thickest along the inferior walls and thinnest superiorly. The sleeves were composed mainly of circularly or spirally oriented bundles of myocytes with additional bundles that were longitudinally or obliquely oriented, sometimes forming mesh-like arrangements. Fibrotic changes estimated at between 5% and 70% across three transverse sections were seen in 17 veins that were from individuals aged 30 to 72 years.
CONCLUSIONS—The myocardial architecture in normal pulmonary veins is highly variable. The complex arrangement, stretch, and increase in fibrosis may produce greater non-uniform anisotropic properties.


Keywords: arrhythmias; catheter ablation; fibrillation; cardiac veins PMID:11514476

  18. Continuous Cavitation Designed for Enhancing Radiofrequency Ablation via a Special Radiofrequency Solidoid Vaporization Process.

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    Zhang, Kun; Li, Pei; Chen, Hangrong; Bo, Xiaowan; Li, Xiaolong; Xu, Huixiong

    2016-02-23

    Lowering power output and radiation time during radiofrequency (RF) ablation is still a challenge. Although it is documented that metal-based magnetothermal conversion and microbubbles-based inertial cavitation have been tried to overcome above issues, disputed toxicity and poor magnetothermal conversion efficiency for metal-based nanoparticles and violent but transient cavitation for microbubbles are inappropriate for enhancing RF ablation. In this report, a strategy, i.e., continuous cavitation, has been proposed, and solid menthol-encapsulated poly lactide-glycolide acid (PLGA) nanocapsules have been constructed, as a proof of concept, to validate the role of such a continuous cavitation principle in continuously enhancing RF ablation. The synthesized PLGA-based nanocapsules can respond to RF to generate menthol bubbles via distinctive radiofrequency solidoid vaporization (RSV) process, meanwhile significantly enhance ultrasound imaging for HeLa solid tumor, and further facilitate RF ablation via the continuous cavitation, as systematically demonstrated both in vitro and in vivo. Importantly, this RSV strategy can overcome drawbacks and limitations of acoustic droplet vaporization (ADV) and optical droplet vaporization (ODV), and will probably find broad applications in further cancer theranostics.

  19. Radiofrequency thermal ablation in painful myeloma of the clavicle.

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    Gharaei, Helen; Imani, Farnad; Vakily, Masoud

    2014-01-01

    A 57-year-old male patient had myeloma. He had severe pain in the left clavicle that did not respond to radiotherapy; therefore, it was treated with radiofrequency thermal ablation (RFTA). Under fluoroscopic guidance, two RF needles at a distance of 1.5 cm from each other were inserted into the mass and conventional radiofrequency (90℃ and 60 seconds) at two different depths (1 cm apart) was applied. Then, 2 ml of 0.5% ropivacaine along with triamcinolone 40 mg was injected in each needle. The visual analogue pain score (VAS from 0 to 10) was decreased from 8 to 0. In the next 3 months of follow-up, the patient was very satisfied with the procedure and the mass gradually became smaller. There were no complications. This study shows that RFTA could be a useful method for pain management in painful osteolytic myeloma lesions in the clavicle.

  20. Radiofrequency Thermal Ablation in Painful Myeloma of the Clavicle

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    Imani, Farnad; Vakily, Masoud

    2014-01-01

    A 57-year-old male patient had myeloma. He had severe pain in the left clavicle that did not respond to radiotherapy; therefore, it was treated with radiofrequency thermal ablation (RFTA). Under fluoroscopic guidance, two RF needles at a distance of 1.5 cm from each other were inserted into the mass and conventional radiofrequency (90℃ and 60 seconds) at two different depths (1 cm apart) was applied. Then, 2 ml of 0.5% ropivacaine along with triamcinolone 40 mg was injected in each needle. The visual analogue pain score (VAS from 0 to 10) was decreased from 8 to 0. In the next 3 months of follow-up, the patient was very satisfied with the procedure and the mass gradually became smaller. There were no complications. This study shows that RFTA could be a useful method for pain management in painful osteolytic myeloma lesions in the clavicle. PMID:24478905

  1. Incidence and Cause of Hypertension During Adrenal Radiofrequency Ablation

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    Yamakado, Koichiro Takaki, Haruyuki; Yamada, Tomomi; Yamanaka, Takashi; Uraki, Junji; Kashima, Masataka; Nakatsuka, Atsuhiro; Takeda, Kan

    2012-12-15

    Purpose: To evaluate the incidence and cause of hypertension prospectively during adrenal radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Methods: For this study, approved by our institutional review board, written informed consent was obtained from all patients. Patients who received RFA for adrenal tumors (adrenal ablation) and other abdominal tumors (nonadrenal ablation) were included in this prospective study. Blood pressure was monitored during RFA. Serum adrenal hormone levels including epinephrine, norepinephrine, dopamine, and cortisol levels were measured before and during RFA. The respective incidences of procedural hypertension (systolic blood pressure >200 mmHg) of the two patient groups were compared. Factors correlating with procedural systolic blood pressure were evaluated by regression analysis.ResultsNine patients underwent adrenal RFA and another 9 patients liver (n = 5) and renal (n = 4) RFA. Asymptomatic procedural hypertension that returned to the baseline by injecting calcium blocker was found in 7 (38.9%) of 18 patients. The incidence of procedural hypertension was significantly higher in the adrenal ablation group (66.7%, 6/9) than in the nonadrenal ablation group (11.1%, 1/9, P < 0.0498). Procedural systolic blood pressure was significantly correlated with serum epinephrine (R{sup 2} = 0.68, P < 0.0001) and norepinephrine (R{sup 2} = 0.72, P < 0.0001) levels during RFA. The other adrenal hormones did not show correlation with procedural systolic blood pressure. Conclusion: Hypertension occurs frequently during adrenal RFA because of the release of catecholamine.

  2. Chronic incomplete atrioventricular block induced by radiofrequency catheter ablation

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    Huang, S.K.; Bharati, S.; Graham, A.R.; Gorman, G.; Lev, M. )

    1989-10-01

    To determine if catheter ablation of the atrioventricular (AV) junction with radiofrequency energy can induce chronic incomplete (first- and second-degree) AV block to avoid the need for a permanent pacemaker, 20 closed-chest dogs were studied. Group 1 (10 dogs) received radiofrequency energy (750 kHz) with a fixed power setting (5 or 10 W) while increasing the pulse duration from 10 to 50 seconds for each application. Group 2 (10 dogs) received energy with a fixed pulse duration (20 or 30 seconds) while increasing the power setting from 5 to 10 W or from 10 to 20 W during each energy delivery. Radiofrequency energy was delivered between a chest-patch electrode and the distal electrode of a regular 7F tripolar His bundle catheter. For each application, the energy delivery was interrupted when (1) the PR interval prolonged (greater than 50%) or (2) second-degree or complete AV block occurred and persisted up to 5 seconds. The ablation procedure ended when there was (1) persistent PR prolongation (greater than 50%) or persistent second-degree AV block (lasting greater than 30 minutes) after ablation, (2) occurrence of two consecutive transient (less than 1 minute) complete AV blocks after each energy delivery, or (3) complete AV block (lasting greater than 2 minutes) after ablation. Of seven dogs in group 1 and five dogs in group 2 in which incomplete AV block was achieved 1 hour after the procedure, six in group 1 and five in group 2 remained in incomplete AV block 2-3 months after ablation. One dog in group 1 progressed into complete AV block. Of the remaining three dogs in group 1 and five dogs in group 2 in which complete AV block was initially achieved 1 hour after ablation, two in group 1 and four in group 2 continued to have complete AV block, whereas one in each group had AV conduction returned to incomplete at 1-2 months of follow-up.

  3. Comparison of microbubble presence in the right heart during mechanochemical and radiofrequency ablation for varicose veins.

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    Moon, K H; Dharmarajah, B; Bootun, R; Lim, C S; Lane, Tra; Moore, H M; Sritharan, K; Davies, A H

    2017-07-01

    Objective Mechanochemical ablation is a novel technique for ablation of varicose veins utilising a rotating catheter and liquid sclerosant. Mechanochemical ablation and radiofrequency ablation have no reported neurological side-effect but the rotating mechanism of mechanochemical ablation may produce microbubbles. Air emboli have been implicated as a cause of cerebrovascular events during ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy and microbubbles in the heart during ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy have been demonstrated. This study investigated the presence of microbubbles in the right heart during varicose vein ablation by mechanochemical abaltion and radiofrequency abaltion. Methods Patients undergoing great saphenous vein ablation by mechanochemical abaltion or radiofrequency ablation were recruited. During the ablative procedure, the presence of microbubbles was assessed using transthoracic echocardiogram. Offline blinded image quantification was performed using International Consensus Criteria grading guidelines. Results From 32 recruited patients, 28 data sets were analysed. Eleven underwent mechanochemical abaltion and 17 underwent radiofrequency abaltion. There were no neurological complications. In total, 39% (11/28) of patients had grade 1 or 2 microbubbles detected. Thirty-six percent (4/11) of mechanochemical abaltion patients and 29% (5/17) of radiofrequency ablation patients had microbubbles with no significant difference between the groups ( p=0.8065). Conclusion A comparable prevalence of microbubbles between mechanochemical abaltion and radiofrequency ablation both of which are lower than that previously reported for ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy suggests that mechanochemical abaltion may not confer the same risk of neurological events as ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy for treatment of varicose veins.

  4. [Radio-frequency ablation appliance in resection of the liver].

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    Fedorov, V D; Vishnevskiĭ, V A; Kubyshkin, V A; Korniak, B S; Ikramov, R Z; Gavrilin, A V; Shchegolev, A I; Sergeeva, O N; Ionkin, D A; Tarasiuk, T I

    2004-01-01

    Pilot experience with "Radionics Cool-Tip RF System" appliance for radio-frequency ablation (RFA) in hepatic resection in the patients with focal lesions of the liver is presented. Advantages of RFA as an alternative method for hemostasis are demonstrated. With this technique bisegmentectomy (II - III) was performed in 4 patients, right-sided hemihepatectomy - in 2 patients. RFA permitted to minimize intraoperative blood loss without increase of surgery time. There were no severe complications during surgery and in early postoperative period. The method permits to perform combined surgeries without a significant increase of surgical risk.

  5. Remote Thermometry to Avoid Complications in Radiofrequency Ablation

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    Diehn, Felix E.; Neeman, Ziv; Hvizda, Julie L.; Wood, Bradford J.

    2008-01-01

    Percutaneous image-guided radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of tumors has the potential risk for thermal damage to nearby normal collateral tissues. Thus, the goal of creating a sufficient area of tumor necrosis must be weighed against the risk for injury to collateral tissues. In this study, remote thermistors were used to monitor temperatures near collateral structures during tumor RFA. Four unique cases are described. When temperature-sensitive structures are near the target lesion, remote thermometry could further increase the safety of this evolving minimally invasive procedure. PMID:14654495

  6. Pulmonary Artery Pseudoaneurysm Related to Radiofrequency Ablation of Lung Tumor

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    Sakurai, Jun Mimura, Hidefumi; Gobara, Hideo; Hiraki, Takao; Kanazawa, Susumu

    2010-04-15

    We describe a case of pulmonary artery (PA) pseudoaneurysm related to radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of lung tumor. We performed RFA for a pulmonary epithelioid hemangioendothelioma directly adjacent to a branch of the PA. Seventeen days later, the patient complained of hemoptysis. A chest CT image revealed PA pseudoaneurysm. Transcatheter coil embolization was performed 59 days after RFA. Although PA pseudoaneurysm is rare, with an incidence of 0.2% (1/538 sessions) at our institution, it should be recognized as a risk when treating lung tumors adjacent to a branch of the PA.

  7. Factors influencing lesion formation during radiofrequency catheter ablation.

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    Eick, Olaf J

    2003-07-01

    In radiofrequency (RF) ablation, the heating of cardiac tissue is mainly resistive. RF current heats cardiac tissue and in turn the catheter electrode is being heated. Consequently, the catheter tip temperature is always lower--or ideally equal--than the superficial tissue temperature. The lesion size is influenced by many parameters such as delivered RF power, electrode length, electrode orientation, blood flow and tissue contact. This review describes the influence of these different parameters on lesion formation and provides recommendations for different catheter types on selectable parameters such as target temperatures, power limits and RF durations.

  8. Factors Influencing Lesion Formation During Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation

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    Eick, Olaf J

    2003-01-01

    In radiofrequency (RF) ablation, the heating of cardiac tissue is mainly resistive. RF current heats cardiac tissue and in turn the catheter electrode is being heated. Consequently, the catheter tip temperature is always lower - or ideally equal - than the superficial tissue temperature. The lesion size is influenced by many parameters such as delivered RF power, electrode length, electrode orientation, blood flow and tissue contact. This review describes the influence of these different parameters on lesion formation and provides recommendations for different catheter types on selectable parameters such as target temperatures, power limits and RF durations. PMID:16943910

  9. Thyroid Radiofrequency Ablation: Updates on Innovative Devices and Techniques

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    Park, Hye Sun; Park, Auh Whan; Chung, Sae Rom; Choi, Young Jun; Lee, Jeong Hyun

    2017-01-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a well-known, effective, and safe method for treating benign thyroid nodules and recurrent thyroid cancers. Thyroid-dedicated devices and basic techniques for thyroid RFA were introduced by the Korean Society of Thyroid Radiology (KSThR) in 2012. Thyroid RFA has now been adopted worldwide, with subsequent advances in devices and techniques. To optimize the treatment efficacy and patient safety, understanding the basic and advanced RFA techniques and selecting the optimal treatment strategy are critical. The goal of this review is to therefore provide updates and analysis of current devices and advanced techniques for RFA treatment of benign thyroid nodules and recurrent thyroid cancers. PMID:28670156

  10. Cost analysis of radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation.

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    Gorenek, Bulent; Kudaiberdieva, Gulmira

    2013-09-10

    Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia associated with increased mortality and morbidity. Its management requires high healthcare expenditures; 52%-70% of expenses for AF care are constituted by hospitalization costs. The current management strategies of pharmacological rhythm control and pharmacological or invasive rate control show no difference in impact on major outcomes in patients with AF. Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFA) has been shown to reduce the risk of AF recurrence, improve quality of life and reduce hospitalization rate as compared to pharmacological rhythm control and rate control strategies. This review summarizes current knowledge on cost and cost-effectiveness analysis of RFA for patients with atrial fibrillation.

  11. [Radiofrequency ablation reduces the risk in Barrett's oesophagus with dysplasia].

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    Achiam, Michael; Holm, Jakob; Svendsen, Lars Bo

    2014-01-06

    Barrett's esophagus (BE) with dysplasia is generally accepted as the precursor to oesophageal cancer. Thus, methods to eradicate BE and dysplasia have been evaluated. Recently, radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has shown promising results with few adverse effects. The studies concerning RFA are, however, small and heterogeneous. Only six studies have included more than 100 patients and only one is a prospective randomized trial. The purpose of this article is to describe the treatment of BE and especially the indications and challenges of RFA, including complications, buried glands and recurrence.

  12. Bipolar Radiofrequency Ablation of Benign Symptomatic Thyroid Nodules: Initial Experience.

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    Korkusuz, Y; Erbelding, C; Kohlhase, K; Luboldt, W; Happel, C; Grünwald, F

    2016-07-01

    To determine the safety and efficacy of bipolar radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in benign thyroid nodules. 23 patients with 24 symptomatic benign thyroid nodules (21 regressive, 3 adenomas) ranging in volume from 0.5 to 112 ml (mean ± sd: 18 ± 24.4 ml) underwent bipolar RFA. Pain during the procedure was measured on a 10-point scale. Side-effects revealed by ultrasound or patients' complaints were documented. Periablative efficacy was measured 24 hours after RFA as change (Δ) in serum thyreoglobulin (Tg) and sonographic criteria (echogenity, Doppler blood flow and elasticity) categorized on a 3-point scale (echogenity, Doppler blood flow) or 4-point scale (elasticity). Efficacy in the 3 autonomous adenomas was measured as normalization of (99 m)Tc-pertechnate scintigraphy. Bipolar RFA was well tolerated by all patients with a median pain score of 3 ± 1.5 (range: 1 - 7). Side-effects were hematomas in 4 of 23 patients (17 %). Bipolar RFA resulted in a significant (p < 0.01) decrease in echogenity, blood flow, elasticity (Δ = 1 ± 0.28, 1 ± 0.46 and 1 ± 0.85 points, respectively), a median increase in Tg of 403 ± 2568 ng/ml as well as in a normalization of scintigraphy. Bipolar RFA is a safe and effective treatment option for symptomatic benign thyroid nodules. • Bipolar RFA is a safe and effective treatment for benign thyroid nodules.• Ultrasound imaging allows guidance during bipolar radiofrequency ablation.• (99 m)Tc-pertechnetate is able to detect the ablation area of autonomous adenomas. Citation Format: • Korkusuz Y, Erbelding C, Kohlhase K et al. Bipolar Radiofrequency Ablation of Benign Symptomatic Thyroid Nodules: Initial experience with Bipolar Radiofrequency. Fortschr Röntgenstr 2016; 188: 671 - 675. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  13. [Radiofrequency ablation of a symptomatic benign thyroid nodule].

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    van Ginhoven, T M; Massolt, E T; Bijdevaate, D C; Peeters, R P; Burgers, J W A; Moelker, A

    2016-01-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) enables the ablation of selected tissue by means of heat. For the first time in the Netherlands, RFA is being used to treat patients with benign thyroid nodules. RFA is able to reduce the volume of a nodule that may be causing cosmetic complaints or problems due to mass effect. This avoids the need for surgery or treatment with radioactive iodine in this benign condition. The average reduction in size is 80% in the first year, leading to a considerable decrease in both symptomatic and cosmetic complaints. At Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, this technique has been introduced in accordance with current guidelines, and it is expected that other centres of excellence will follow in implementing it. It is important that the initial experiences with this technique in the Netherlands in terms of effectiveness, risks and patient satisfaction should be monitored before RFA becomes routine treatment.

  14. Effective Treatment of Chronic Radiation Proctitis Using Radiofrequency Ablation

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    Zhou, Chao; Adler, Desmond C.; Becker, Laren; Chen, Yu; Tsai, Tsung-Han; Figueiredo, Marisa; Schmitt, Joseph M.; Fujimoto, James G.

    2009-01-01

    Endoscopic argon plasma coagulation and bipolar electrocautery are currently preferred treatments for chronic radiation proctitis, but ulcerations and strictures frequently occur. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has been successful for mucosal ablation in the esophagus. Here we report the efficacy of RFA with the BarRx Halo90 system in three patients with bleeding from chronic radiation proctitis. In all cases, the procedure was well tolerated and hemostasis was achieved after 1 or 2 RFA sessions. Re-epithelialization of squamous mucosa was observed over areas of prior hemorrhage. No stricturing or ulceration was seen on follow-up up to 19 months after RFA treatment. Real-time endoscopic optical coherence tomography (EOCT) visualized epithelialization and subsurface tissue microvasculature pre- and post-treatment, demonstrating its potential for follow-up assessment of endoscopic therapies. PMID:20593010

  15. Treatment of bone tumours by radiofrequency thermal ablation.

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    Santiago, Fernando Ruiz; Del Mar Castellano García, María; Montes, Jose Luis Martínez; García, Manuel Ruiz; Fernández, Juan Miguel Tristán

    2009-03-01

    Radiofrequency thermal ablation (RFTA) is considered the treatment of choice for osteoid osteomas, in which it has long been safely used. Other benign conditions (chondroblastoma, osteoblastoma, giant cell tumour, etc.) can also be treated by this technique, which is less invasive than traditional surgical procedures. RFTA ablation is also an option for the palliation of localized, painful osteolytic metastatic and myeloma lesions. The reduction in pain improves the quality of life of patients with cancer, who often have multiple morbidities and a limited life expectancy. In some cases, these patients are treated with RFTA because conventional therapies (surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, etc.) have been exhausted. In other cases, it is combined with conventional therapies or other percutaneous treatments, e.g., cementoplasty, offering faster pain relief and bone strengthening. A multidisciplinary approach to the management of these patients is recommended to select the optimal treatment, including orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, medical and radiation oncologists and interventional radiologists.

  16. Bronchopleural Fistula After Radiofrequency Ablation of Lung Tumours

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    Cannella, Mathieu; Cornelis, Francois; Descat, Edouard; Ferron, Stephane; Carteret, Thibault; Castagnede, Hugues; Palussiere, Jean

    2011-02-15

    The present article describes two cases of bronchopleural fistula (BPF) occurring after radiofrequency ablation of lung tumors. Both procedures were carried out using expandable multitined electrodes, with no coagulation of the needle track. After both ablations, ground-glass opacities encompassed the nodules and abutted the visceral pleura. The first patient had a delayed pneumothorax, and the second had a recurrent pneumothorax. Both cases of BPF were diagnosed on follow-up computed tomography chest scans (i.e., visibility of a distinct channel between the lung or a peripheral bronchus and the pleura) and were successfully treated with chest tubes alone. Our goal is to highlight the fact that BPF can occur without needle-track coagulation and to suggest that minimally invasive treatment is sufficient to cure BPFs of this specific origin.

  17. Radiofrequency ablation vs. microwave ablation for patients with benign thyroid nodules: a propensity score matching study.

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    Yue, Wen-Wen; Wang, Shu-Rong; Lu, Feng; Sun, Li-Ping; Guo, Le-Hang; Zhang, Yong-Lin; Li, Xiao-Long; Xu, Hui-Xiong

    2017-02-01

    To compare the efficacy and the safety of radiofrequency ablation and microwave ablation for treatment of benign thyroid nodules using a propensity score matching study design. Two hundred and sixty patients with benign thyroid nodules were studied retrospectively, including 102 patients treated with radiofrequency ablation and 158 treated with microwave ablation. To reduce confounding bias due to retrospective assignment, propensity score matching was performed to balance the preablation data of the two groups. After matching, a total of 102 patient pairs (1:1) were created. The volume reduction ratio, therapeutic success rate, symptom and cosmetic score, and major complication were compared between the two groups at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months after treatment. Between the well-matched groups, no significant differences were found in all nodule volume-related end points at 6 months (volume reduction ratio: 79.4 vs. 77.2 %, P = 0.108; symptom score: 2.1 vs. 1.9, P = 0.456; cosmetic score: 2.1 vs. 2.3, P = 0.119; therapeutic success rate: 99 vs. 97 %, P = 0.621) and 12 months (volume reduction ratio: 83.6 vs. 81.6 %, P = 0.144; symptom score: 1.5 vs. 1.5, P = 0.869; cosmetic score: 1.6 vs. 1.7, P = 0.409; therapeutic success rate: 100 vs. 100 %, P > 0.99) after treatment. No major complications occurred in either group (P > 0.99). With well-matched groups and consistent procedure design, our results demonstrated that the volume reduction ratio, therapeutic success rate, symptom and cosmetic score, and complications related to treatment for the two techniques are equivalent. Radiofrequency ablation and microwave ablation are both effective and safe methods in treating benign thyroid nodules.

  18. Radio-frequency ablation of hepatic metastases from colorectal cancer.

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    Kanellos, I; Demetriades, H; Blouhos, K; Tsachalis, T; Pramateftakis, M G; Betsis, D

    2004-11-01

    The aim of our study is to present the preliminary results of an ongoing radio-frequency (RF) ablation study in patients with hepatic metastases from colorectal cancer. From November 2003, two patients affected with metachronous liver metastases from colorectal cancer were treated with RF ablation. The mean age of the patients was 66 years (58 and 74 years). Tumours were unifocal right-lobe lesions in one patient and bifocal in the second patient. Under general anaesthesia, a Radionics 200-W RF generator was used to ablate lesions with H2O-cooled electrodes via laparotomy. Patients' follow-up ranged from two to five months including evaluation of salient clinical, radiological and laboratory parameters. The patients experienced moderate-to-severe pain in the right abdomen lasting for 2-3 days and mild fever for 3-6 days after treatment. During the follow-up period no local recurrence was observed. RF ablation emerges to be a promising method for the treatment of hepatic metastases from colorectal cancer.

  19. Radiofrequency Ablation for Tumor-Related Massive Hematuria

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    Neeman, Ziv; Sarin, Shawn; Coleman, Jonathan; Fojo, Tito; Wood, Bradford J.

    2008-01-01

    To determine whether radiofrequency (RF) ablation targeting the tumor-collecting system interface has a durable effect in patients with transfusion-dependent kidney tumor-related hematuria, four patients aged 61-71 years were successfully treated with RF ablation, with a mean follow up of 12 months. Baseline creatinine levels varied from 2.0 mg/dL to 3.7 mg/dL. All patients had received red blood cell transfusions in the days and hours before RF ablation. No subsequent surgical or interventional procedures were required for management of hematuria. Gross hematuria resolved in 24-48 hours in all four patients. Two of the patients are alive with stable renal function and two died of causes unrelated to treatment. RF ablation may be an effective therapeutic option for transfusion-dependent cancer-related hematuria in patients with renal insufficiency, solitary kidney, or comorbidities, or after failed conventional therapies in patients who are not candidates for surgery. PMID:15758142

  20. Radiofrequency ablation of hepatocellular carcinoma: pros and cons.

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    Rhim, Hyunchul; Lim, Hyo K

    2010-09-01

    Among locoregional treatments for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has been accepted as the most popular alternative to curative transplantation or resection, and it shows an excellent local tumor control rate and acceptable morbidity. The benefits of RFA have been universally validated by the practice guidelines of international societies of hepatology. The main advantages of RFA include 1) it is minimally invasive with acceptable morbidity, 2) it enables excellent local tumor control, 3) it has promising long-term survival, and 4) it is a multimodal approach. Based on these pros, RFA will play an important role in managing the patient with early HCC (smaller than 3 cm with fewer than four tumors). The main limitations of current RFA technology in hepatic ablation include 1) limitation of ablation volume, 2) technically infeasible in some tumors due to conspicuity and dangerous location, and 3) the heat-sink effect. Many technical approaches have been introduced to overcome those limitations, including a novel guiding modality, use of artificial fluid or air, and combined treatment strategies. RFA will continue to play a role as a representative ablative modality in the management of HCC, even in the era of targeted agents.

  1. Epicardial radiofrequency ablation on a beating heart: an experimental study.

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    Ishikawa, Susumu; Oki, Shigeru; Muraoka, Masato; Oshima, Kiyohiro; Kashiwabara, Kenji; Morishita, Yasuo

    2005-02-01

    The effect of epicardial radiofrequency ablation (RFA) during normal heart beating was experimentally studied in order to establish safe and effective procedures for RFA. Seven pigs weighing approximately 30 to 50 kg were used in this study. Fifty-one epicardial RFA lesions were created on both atria using a Cobra Cooled probe with continuous internal irrigation of a saline solution. The ablation temperature was fixed at 80 degrees C and the duration of the RFA in each case was 20, 30, 60 and 120 seconds. There was significant positive correlation between the right and left atria in wall thickness. Transmural coagulation was obtained in 69% of the total specimens, which decreased according to the increase of wall thickness especially over 3 mm. Transmural coagulation was seen in 64% of the specimens after RFA of less than 30 seconds, and 86% after ablation of >or=60 seconds. Occurence of 90% or deeper coagulation was higher in the right atrium than in the left one (97% vs. 78%). Right atrial rupture occurred in a region of 1 mm in thickness after ablation of 60 seconds. Further technical improvements associated with new instruments are indispensable to complete epicardial RFA procedures on a beating heart.

  2. Real-time calibration of temperature estimates during radiofrequency ablation.

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    Varghese, T; Daniels, M J

    2004-07-01

    Radiofrequency ablation is an interstitial focal ablative therapy that can be used in a percutaneous fashion and permits in situ destruction of hepatic tumors. Recurrence rates after rf therapy are as high as 34-55%, due to difficulties in accurately identifying the zone of necrosis (thermal lesion) because of the low intrinsic acoustic contrast between normal and ablated liver tissue. Our goal is to provide real-time ultrasonic tracking of temperature changes over the large range of temperatures traditionally used (40-100 degrees C) in rfablation procedures using an external ultrasound transducer. Temperature estimates are obtained using a cross-correlation algorithm applied to rf ultrasound echo signal data acquired at discrete intervals during heating. Apparent tissue displacement estimates obtained at these discrete time-intervals are accumulated to obtain a cumulative displacement map, whose gradient provides after appropriate scaling provides a temperature map at the specified elapsed ablation duration. Temperature maps are used to display the initial temperature rise and to continuously update a thermal map of the treated region. In this paper, we develop calibration curves that relate the echo shift due to the change in the speed of sound and thermal expansion to the corresponding temperature increase on in-vitro tissue specimens. These calibration curves can then be utilized for the real time calibration and analysis of temperature estimates obtained from the rf echo signals during ablation. Temperature maps obtained using the calibration curve compare favorably to temperature estimates observed using the invasive thermosensor readings on the ablation electrode and previous results that utilized a linear calibration factor.

  3. Value or waste: Perfusion imaging following radiofrequency ablation - early experience.

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    Thieme, Stefan F; Vahldiek, Janis L; Tummler, Katja; Poch, Franz; Gemeinhardt, Ole; Hiebl, Bernhard; Lehmann, Kai S; Hamm, B; Niehues, Stefan M

    2015-01-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is an evolving technique in treatment of hepatic malignant tumors. By heating local tissue it leads to coagulative necrotic areas around the ablation probe. Temperature falls with increasing distance to the probe, risking incomplete necrosis at the margins of the RFA-induced lesion. Therefore, immediate non-invasive and precise detection of incomplete ablation is necessary for early enlargement of the ablation if needed. This in vivo pig study compares early experiences of immediate post-interventional computed tomography (CT) perfusion volume analysis to macroscopic and CT image evaluation in healthy pig liver. RFA was performed in vivo in healthy pig livers. Different CT perfusion algorithms (Maximum slope analysis and Patlak plot) were used to quantify three different perfusion parameters. Data points were acquired from rectangular grids. These grids were semiautomatically overlayed to macroscopic images documented after liver explantation. Each data point was visually assigned to zones defined as "inner" and "outer necrotic zone", "margin" or "vital tissue". Significant differences between necrotic zones and vital tissue are shown for equivalent blood volume (p <  0.0001), arterial flow (p <  0.01) and flow extraction product (p <  0.001). Looking at equivalent blood volume and flow extraction product, there were also significant differences (EquivBV: p <  0.0001, FE: p <  0.001) between margins, necrotic and vital areas. In a porcine model these early results could show that all of the used CT perfusion parameters allowed discrimination of necrosis from vital tissue after RFA at high levels of significance. In addition, the parameters EquivBV and FE that give an estimate of the tissue blood volume and the permeability, were able to precisely discern different zones also seen macroscopically. From this data CT perfusion analysis could be precise tool for measurement and visualization of ablated liver lesions and

  4. A new spleen-preserving technique using radiofrequency ablation technology.

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    Felekouras, Evangelos; Kontos, Michael; Pissanou, Theodora; Pikoulis, Emmanouil; Drakos, Elias; Papalambros, Efstathios; Diamantis, Theodoros; Bastounis, Elias

    2004-12-01

    Splenic salvage is the ultimate goal of the treatment for splenic injury. We experimentally investigated a spleen salvage technique after spleen injury using radiofrequency ablation technology. A grade IV spleen trauma was produced in 10 white male Landrace pigs (the lower pole of the spleen was sharply divided at the level where the lower hilar vessel enters the organ) under general anesthesia. A Radionics Cooltip Radio Frequency needle was used to stop the bleeding in every case. The electrode was inserted in four to six different sites and each session lasted for 2 to 6 minutes. All bleeding sites were controlled intraoperatively with no additional means. Postoperatively, all animals appeared clinically healthy, and at the time the animals were killed, no blood, pus, or other fluid was identified in the abdomen or chest. Subcapsular or perisplenic hematomas were not found either. We believe that radiofrequency ablation may be used in splenic injury to stop bleeding, especially when blood transfusion or surgery is indicated. This procedure may reduce the frequency of open surgery for repair of the injury, the number of splenectomies, and the amount of blood transfusion required. The advantage of use under ultrasound or computed tomographic guidance or laparoscopically makes it even more appealing. Thus, we suggest that further study in human subjects is required to validate our results.

  5. Radiofrequency Ablation of Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Literature Review

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    Minami, Yasunori; Kudo, Masatoshi

    2011-01-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of liver cancers can be performed safely using percutaneous, laparoscopic, or open surgical techniques, and much of the impetus for the use of RFA has come from cohort series that have provided an evidence base for this technique. Here, we give an overview of the current status of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), including its physical properties, to assess the characteristics that make this technique applicable in clinical practice. We review the technical development of probe design and summarize current indications and outcomes of reported clinical use. An accurate evaluation of treatment response is very important to secure successful RFA therapy since a sufficient safety margin (at least 0.5 cm) can prevent local tumor recurrences. We also provide a profile of side effects and information on the integration of this technique into the general management of patients with HCC. To minimize complications of RFA, physicians should be familiar with each feature of complication. Appropriate management of complications is essential for successful RFA treatment. Moreover, adjuvant therapy, such as molecular targeted therapies following curative therapy, is expected to further improve survival after RFA. PMID:21994847

  6. Radiofrequency ablation of varicose veins: Best practice techniques and evidence.

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    Goodyear, Stephen J; Nyamekye, Isaac K

    2015-11-01

    This article systematically reviews the practice of radiofrequency ablation of lower limb varicose veins. We present the clinical evidence and best practice techniques for currently available devices. Manufacturer's instructions-for-use were requested for all radiofrequency devices. The MEDLINE and EMBASE databases were searched using the following keywords: 'varicose veins' AND 'radiofrequency' OR 'radio frequency' OR 'Venefit' OR 'ClosureFAST' OR 'RFiTT' OR 'EVRF' OR 'VeinCLEAR', generating 240 articles. Titles and abstracts were screened, yielding 63 articles directly relevant to the scope of the review. Reference lists for publications were also searched to identify further manuscripts of relevance. The Cochrane Database and current National Institute for Clinical and Healthcare Excellence guidelines for varicose veins were also searched from relevant articles. Four radiofrequency ablation (RFA) systems are currently commercially available. Generic practice methods (common to all RF systems) and device-specific techniques are described. The weight of current evidence relates to the use of Covidien Venefit™ (formerly VNUS ClosureFAST™), which clearly demonstrates clinical advantages over open surgery at least to 2 years follow up. However, contemporary studies of the radiofrequency-induced thermal therapy device (RFiTT®), show that in experienced hands, clinical equivalence to the Venefit™ procedure can be achieved. The evidence base for EVRF® and VeinCLEAR™ devices is currently weak and absent, respectively. Despite widespread uptake of RFA and acceptance of its clinical advantages over open surgery there is a paucity of Class 1 A evidence. This results from incongruent reporting of clinical outcome measures within existing literature. Similarly, lack of long-term follow-up studies precludes comparison of the durability of short- and medium-term advantages of RFA with the longer term results of open surgery. There remains scope for a large prospective

  7. Radio-frequency ablation of arrhythmias following congenital heart surgery.

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    Kalarus, Zbigniew; Kowalski, Oskar; Lenarczyk, Radosław; Pruszkowska-Skrzep, Patrycja; Pluta, Sławomir; Zeifert, Bozena; Chodór, Beata; Białkowski, Jacek; Skalski, Janusz; Zembala, Marian

    2006-12-01

    Cardiac arrhythmias as a late complication following congenital heart surgery are encountered more and more frequently in clinical practice. The use of new electrophysiological methods of visualisation and mapping improves the efficacy of radio-frequency (RF) ablation of these arrhythmias. To assess patterns of atrial arrhythmias following congenital heart surgery and to examine the efficacy of RF ablation using the electro-anatomical CARTO system. Electrophysiological diagnostic study and RF ablation were performed in 24 consecutive patients (mean age 36+/-18 years) who had atrial arrhythmias following congenital heart surgery. The mechanism of arrhythmia (ectopic or reentrant) and strategy of RF ablation procedure were based on the results of the right atrial map performed during index arrhythmia. The patients were divided into five groups according to the type of congenital heart surgery. The ASD group consisted of 17 patients who had undergone in the past surgery due to atrial septal defect, four patients had a history of surgery due to ventricular septal defect (VSD group), and one patient each had undergone surgery due to corrected transposition of the great arteries (ccTGA), tetralogy of Fallot (TF) or dual-outflow right ventricle (DORV). During diagnostic electrophysiological study typical atrial flutter (AFL) was diagnosed in nine patients from the ASD group, atypical AFL in three ASD patients, and ectopic atrial tachycardia (EAT) in six ASD patients. In one patient EAT was induced after ablation of typical AFL. Of the VSD patients, three had atypical AFL, and one had typical AFL. The patient following surgery for ccTGA had atypical AFL and EAT, whereas in the two remaining patients (DORV and TF) atypical AFL was demonstrated. The efficacy of the first session of RF ablation was 83% and no complications were observed. The efficacy of RF ablation of typical AFL was 90%, atypical AFL 78%, and EAT 86% (NS). During the long-term follow-up (24+/-17 months

  8. Radiofrequency ablation versus cryoablation for atrioventricular nodal re-entrant tachycardia in children: a value comparison.

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    Oster, Matthew E; Yang, Zhou; Stewart-Huey, Kay; Glanville, Michelle; Porter, Arlene; Campbell, Robert; Webb, Brad; Strieper, Margaret

    2017-03-01

    It is unclear whether cryoablation or radiofrequency ablation offers better value for treating atrioventricular nodal re-entrant tachycardia in children. We aimed to compare the value of these procedures for treating atrioventricular nodal re-entrant tachycardia in children, with value being outcomes relative to costs. We performed a retrospective cohort study of all atrioventricular nodal re-entrant tachycardia ablations for children (age⩽18 years) from July, 2009 to June, 2011 at our institution. Costs included fixed costs, miscellaneous hospital costs, and labour costs, and key outcomes were acute and long-term success (6 months) of the ablations. We conducted T-tests and regression analyses to investigate the associations between the ablation procedure type and the cost and success of the ablations. Of 96 unique cases performed by three paediatric electrophysiologists, 48 were cryoablation only, 42 radiofrequency ablation only, and six were a combination. Acute success was 100% for the cryoablation only and radiofrequency ablation only cases and 83% for the combination cases. There were no notable adverse events. The average total cost was $9636 for cryoablation cases, $9708 for radiofrequency ablation cases, and $10,967 for combination cases (p=0.51 for cryoablation only versus radiofrequency ablation only). The long-term success rate was 79.1% for cryoablation only, 92.8% for radiofrequency ablation only, and 66.7% for the combination (p=0.01 for cryoablation only versus radiofrequency ablation only), but long-term success varied notably by provider. Cryoablation and radiofrequency ablation offer similar value in the short term for the treatment of atrioventricular nodal re-entrant tachycardia in children. Differences in long-term success may vary substantially by physician, and thus may lead to differences in long-term value.

  9. Noninvasive Assessment of Tissue Heating During Cardiac Radiofrequency Ablation Using MRI Thermography

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    Kolandaivelu, Aravindan; Zviman, Menekhem M.; Castro, Valeria; Lardo, Albert C.; Berger, Ronald D.; Halperin, Henry R.

    2010-01-01

    Background Failure to achieve properly localized, permanent tissue destruction is a common cause of arrhythmia recurrence after cardiac ablation. Current methods of assessing lesion size and location during cardiac radiofrequency ablation are unreliable or not suited for repeated assessment during the procedure. MRI thermography could be used to delineate permanent ablation lesions because tissue heating above 50°C is the cause of permanent tissue destruction during radiofrequency ablation. However, image artifacts caused by cardiac motion, the ablation electrode, and radiofrequency ablation currently pose a challenge to MRI thermography in the heart. In the current study, we sought to demonstrate the feasibility of MRI thermography during cardiac ablation. Methods and Results An MRI-compatible electrophysiology catheter and filtered radiofrequency ablation system was used to perform ablation in the left ventricle of 6 mongrel dogs in a 1.5-T MRI system. Fast gradient-echo imaging was performed before and during radiofrequency ablation, and thermography images were derived from the preheating and postheating images. Lesion extent by thermography was within 20% of the gross pathology lesion. Conclusions MR thermography appears to be a promising technique for monitoring lesion formation and may allow for more accurate placement and titration of ablation, possibly reducing arrhythmia recurrences. PMID:20657028

  10. Use of Semiflexible Applicators for Radiofrequency Ablation of Liver Tumors

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    Gaffke, G. Gebauer, B.; Knollmann, F.D.; Helmberger, T.; Ricke, J.; Oettle, H.; Felix, R.; Stroszczynski, C.

    2006-04-15

    Purpose. To evaluate the feasibility and potential advantages of the radiofrequency ablation of liver tumors using new MRI-compatible semiflexible applicators in a closed-bore high-field MRI scanner. Methods. We treated 8 patients with 12 malignant liver tumors of different origin (5 colorectal carcinoma, 2 cholangiocellular carcinoma, 1 breast cancer) under MRI guidance. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) was performed using 5 cm Rita Starburst Semi-Flex applicators (Rita Medical Systems, Milwaukee, WI, USA) which are suitable for MR- and CT-guided interventions and a 150 W RF generator. All interventions were performed in a closed-bore 1.5 T high-field MRI scanner for MRI-guided RFA using fast T1-weighted gradient echo sequences and T2-weighted ultra-turbo spin echo sequences. Control and follow-up MRI examinations were performed on the next day, at 6 weeks, and every 3 months after RFA. Control MRI were performed as double-contrast MRI examinations (enhancement with iron oxide and gadopentetate dimeglumine). All interventions were performed with the patient under local anesthesia and analgo-sedation. Results. The mean diameter of the treated hepatic tumors was 2.4 cm ({+-}0.6 cm, range 1.0-3.2 cm). The mean diameter of induced necrosis was 3.1 cm ({+-}0.4 cm). We achieved complete ablation in all patients. Follow-up examinations over a duration of 7 months ({+-}1.3 months, range 4-9 month) showed a local control rate of 100% in this group of patients. All interventions were performed without major complications; only 2 subcapsular hematomas were documented. Conclusion. RFA of liver tumors using semiflexible applicators in closed-bore 1.5 T scanner systems is feasible. These applicators might simplify the RFA of liver tumors under MRI control. The stiff distal part of the applicator facilitates its repositioning.

  11. Carbon nanotube facilitation of myocardial ablation with radiofrequency energy.

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    Nguyen, Duy T; Barham, Waseem; Zheng, Lijun; Shillinglaw, Benjamin; Tzou, Wendy S; Neltner, Bonnie; Mestroni, Luisa; Bosi, Susanna; Ballerini, Laura; Prato, Maurizio; Sauer, William H

    2014-12-01

    The use of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in oncology has been proposed for the purpose of sensitizing tumors to radiofrequency (RF) ablation. We hypothesize that myocardial tissue infiltrated with CNTs will improve thermal conductivity of RF heating and lead to altered ablation lesion characteristics. An ex vivo model consisting of viable bovine myocardium, a circulating saline bath at 37 °C, a submersible load cell, and a deflectable sheath was assembled. A 4-mm nonirrigated ablation catheter was positioned with 10 gm of force over bovine myocardium infiltrated with CNTs, 0.9% saline, or sham injections. A series of ablation lesions were delivered at 20 and 50 W, and lesion volumes were acquired by analyzing tissue sections with a digital micrometer. Tissue temperature analyses at 3 and 5 mm depths were also performed. Myocardial tissue treated with CNTs resulted in significantly larger lesions at both low and high power settings. The electrical impedance was increased in CNT treated tissue with a greater impedance change observed in the CNT infiltrated myocardium. The thermal conductivity of heat generated by application of RF in the tissue was altered by the presence of CNTs, resulting in higher temperatures at 3 and 5 mm depths for both 20 and 50 W. Myocardial tissue treated with CNTs resulted in significantly larger lesions at both low and high power settings. The electrical and thermal conductivity of heat generated by application of RF in myocardial tissue was altered by the presence of CNTs. Further research is needed to assess the in vivo applicability for this concept of facilitated ablation with CNTs. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  12. Physeal histological morphology after thermal epiphysiodesis using radiofrequency ablation.

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    Shiguetomi-Medina, Juan Manuel; Møller-Madsen, B; Rahbek, O

    2017-06-01

    Several treatments have been described for leg length discrepancy. Epiphysiodesis is the most commonly used because of its effectiveness. Thermal epiphysiodesis using radiofrequency ablation (RFA) alters the growth plate morphology without damaging the adjacent articular cartilage; it is a minimally invasive method that has shown excellent results in animal models. This study describes the macro and micro morphology after the procedure. Epiphysiodesis using RFA was performed in vivo for 8 min (92-98 °C) at two ablation sites (medial and lateral) in one randomly-selected tibia in eight growing pigs. The contralateral tibia was used as control. After 12 weeks, the pigs were killed and the tibiae harvested. The specimens were studied macroscopically and histology samples were obtained. Physeal morphology, thickness and characteristics were then described. Macroscopically, the articular cartilage was normal in all the treated tibiae. Microscopically, the physis was detected as a discontinuous line on the treated tibiae while it was continuous in all controls. In the control specimens, the mean thickness of the physis was 625 µm (606-639, SD = 14). All the physeal layers were organized. In the ablated specimens, disorganized layers in a heterogeneous line were observed. Bone bridges were identified at the ablation sites. The central part of the physis looked normal. Next to the bone bridge, the physis was thicker and presented fibrosis. The mean thickness was 820 µm (628-949, SD = 130). No abnormalities in the articular cartilage were observed. Thermal epiphysiodesis with RFA disrupts the physeal morphology and causes the formation of bone bridges at the ablation sites. This procedure does not damage the adjacent articular cartilage. The damaged tissue, next to the bone bridges, is characterized by disorganization and fibrosis.

  13. Lung Tumor Radiofrequency Ablation: Where Do We Stand?

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    Baere, Thierry de

    2011-04-15

    Today, radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of primary and metastatic lung tumor is increasingly used. Because RFA is most often used with curative intent, preablation workup must be a preoperative workup. General anesthesia provides higher feasibility than conscious sedation. The electrode positioning must be performed under computed tomography for sake of accuracy. The delivery of RFA must be adapted to tumor location, with different impedances used when treating tumors with or without pleural contact. The estimated rate of incomplete local treatment at 18 months was 7% (95% confidence interval, 3-14) per tumor, with incomplete treatment depicted at 4 months (n = 1), 6 months (n = 2), 9 months (n = 2), and 12 months (n = 2). Overall survival and lung disease-free survival at 18 months were, respectively, 71 and 34%. Size is a key point for tumor selection because large size is predictive of incomplete local treatment and poor survival. The ratio of ablation volume relative to tumor volume is predictive of complete ablation. Follow-up computed tomography that relies on the size of the ablation zone demonstrates the presence of incomplete ablation. Positron emission tomography might be an interesting option. Chest tube placement for pneumothorax is reported in 8 to 12%. Alveolar hemorrhage and postprocedure hemoptysis occurred in approximately 10% of procedures and rarely required specific treatment. Death was mostly related to single-lung patients and hilar tumors. No modification of forced expiratory volume in the first second between pre- and post-RFA at 2 months was found. RFA in the lung provides a high local efficacy rate. The use of RFA as a palliative tool in combination with chemotherapy remains to be explored.

  14. Endovenous laser ablation of the great saphenous vein comparing 1920-nm and 1470-nm diode laser.

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    Mendes-Pinto, Daniel; Bastianetto, Paulo; Cavalcanti Braga Lyra, Lívia; Kikuchi, Rodrigo; Kabnick, Lowell

    2016-12-01

    The aim of this study was to compare venous occlusion rates at a one-year follow-up comparing 1920-nm versus 1470-nm endolaser. Randomized prospective study with consecutive patients with varicose veins associated to great saphenous reflux. The 1470-nm laser ablation was performed in continuous mode, with power of 10 W, while for the 1920-nm it was set in 5 W. Follow-up data were collected at the 7-day, 30-day, 3-month, 6-month and 1-year visits, and involved clinical, ultrasound evaluation and measurement of occlusion length. Sixty seven patients were included, with 42 limbs operated in the 1470-nm group and 48 limbs in the 1920-nm group. There were no differences in relation to age, CEAP (Clinical, Etiologic, Anatomical and Pathological Classification), VCSS (Venous Clinical Severity Score) and saphenous diameter. The resulting LEED in 1920-nm group was 17.8±0.6 J/cm and vs. 24.7±0.8 J/cm in 1470-nm group (P<0.01). Closure rates were lower for the 1920-nm group: 90.9% vs. 96.8% (P=0.06) at 30 days, 87.5% vs. 96.3% at 6 months (P=0.03), and 87.5% vs. 94.7% (P=0.05) at one year. The 1920-nm group had less ecchymosis (18.7% vs. 52.4%), induration (12.4% vs. 38.1%) and days of analgesic use (1.4±0.2 vs. 2.4±0.4). CEAP and VCSS were reduced over time in both groups. Treatment with endolaser 1920-nm was feasible and with reduced complications. The use of low endoluminal energy resulted in lower vein occlusion rates comparing to the 1470-nn laser. Clinical outcome scores were similar between groups.

  15. Midterm Outcome of Mechanochemical Endovenous Ablation for the Treatment of Great Saphenous Vein Insufficiency.

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    Witte, Marianne E; Holewijn, Suzanne; van Eekeren, Ramon R; de Vries, Jean-Paul; Zeebregts, Clark J; Reijnen, Michel M P J

    2017-02-01

    To report the midterm results of mechanochemical ablation (MOCA) for treating great saphenous vein (GSV) insufficiency. In a 1-year period, 85 consecutive patients (median age 51.4 years; 71 women) undergoing MOCA with polidocanol in 104 limbs were enrolled in a prospective registry. The patients were evaluated at baseline and during follow-up (4 weeks and 1, 2, and 3 years) using duplex ultrasound, the CEAP (clinical, etiologic, anatomic and pathophysiologic) classification, the Venous Clinical Severity Score (VCSS), the RAND Short Form 36-Item Health Survey (RAND-SF36), and the Aberdeen Varicose Vein Questionnaire (AVVQ). Primary outcome measures were clinical and anatomic success. Secondary outcome measures included general and disease-specific quality of life and reinterventions. Technical success (99%) was achieved in all but 1 patient in whom technical problems with the device led to conversion to another method for treatment of 2 limbs. After a median follow-up of 36 months (interquartile range 12.5, 46.3), recanalization occurred in 15 (15%) of 102 successfully treated vein segments. Anatomic success was 92%, 90%, and 87% after 1, 2, and 3 years, respectively. The VCSS improved at all time intervals compared to the preprocedure median. The clinical success at 3 years was 83%. The AVVQ and RAND-SF36 scores showed an improvement at all time intervals compared to baseline values. Between 12 and 36 months, however, a significant deterioration was observed in VCSS, which was accompanied by worsening of disease-specific and general quality of life. In the longest follow-up of MOCA to date, this study shows MOCA to be an effective treatment modality for GSV insufficiency at midterm follow-up, but clinical results seem to drop over time.

  16. Endovenous Laser Ablation of Varicose Veins Preserves Biological Properties of Vascular Endothelium and Modulates Proinflammatory Agent Profile More Favorably Than Classic Vein Stripping.

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    Uruski, Paweł; Aniukiewicz, Krzysztof; Mikuła-Pietrasik, Justyna; Sosińska, Patrycja; Tykarski, Andrzej; Książek, Krzysztof; Krasiński, Zbigniew

    2017-01-01

    Here we compared effect of serum from varicose patients undergoing endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) and classic vein stripping (CVS) on biological properties of endothelial cells and on the local and systemic profiles of proinflammatory agents. Results showed that serum from EVLA patients improved proliferation and reduced senescence and oxidative stress in the endothelial cells, as compared with the serum from CVS patients. These effects were related to a suppressed activity of TGF-β1, the level of which in the serum from the EVLA patients was decreased. Medium generated by the cells subjected to EVLA serum contained decreased amounts of ICAM-1, VCAM-1, and E-selectin and increased amount of uPA, whereas the serum itself contained decreased concentrations of ICAM-1, E-selectin, and P-selectin and increased concentrations of uPA, PAI-1, and TFPI. Both EVLA and CVS resulted in diversified patients' reaction with respect to a direction of postprocedure changes in proinflammatory factors' serum level. Analysis of proportions showed that the groups differed remarkably in case of ICAM-1 and ET-1, the level of which declined in a higher fraction of patients treated endovenously. Our findings indicate that EVLA preserves better than CVS the functionality of vascular endothelium and modulates better both local and systemic profile of proinflammatory mediators.

  17. Endovenous Laser Ablation of Varicose Veins Preserves Biological Properties of Vascular Endothelium and Modulates Proinflammatory Agent Profile More Favorably Than Classic Vein Stripping

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    Uruski, Paweł; Aniukiewicz, Krzysztof; Mikuła-Pietrasik, Justyna; Sosińska, Patrycja; Tykarski, Andrzej; Krasiński, Zbigniew

    2017-01-01

    Here we compared effect of serum from varicose patients undergoing endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) and classic vein stripping (CVS) on biological properties of endothelial cells and on the local and systemic profiles of proinflammatory agents. Results showed that serum from EVLA patients improved proliferation and reduced senescence and oxidative stress in the endothelial cells, as compared with the serum from CVS patients. These effects were related to a suppressed activity of TGF-β1, the level of which in the serum from the EVLA patients was decreased. Medium generated by the cells subjected to EVLA serum contained decreased amounts of ICAM-1, VCAM-1, and E-selectin and increased amount of uPA, whereas the serum itself contained decreased concentrations of ICAM-1, E-selectin, and P-selectin and increased concentrations of uPA, PAI-1, and TFPI. Both EVLA and CVS resulted in diversified patients' reaction with respect to a direction of postprocedure changes in proinflammatory factors' serum level. Analysis of proportions showed that the groups differed remarkably in case of ICAM-1 and ET-1, the level of which declined in a higher fraction of patients treated endovenously. Our findings indicate that EVLA preserves better than CVS the functionality of vascular endothelium and modulates better both local and systemic profile of proinflammatory mediators. PMID:28316983

  18. Innovative Techniques for Image-Guided Ablation of Benign Thyroid Nodules: Combined Ethanol and Radiofrequency Ablation

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    Park, Hye Sun; Choi, Young Jun; Lee, Jeong Hyun

    2017-01-01

    In the treatment of benign thyroid nodules, ethanol ablation (EA), and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) have been suggested for cystic and solid thyroid nodules, respectively. Although combining these ablation techniques may be effective, no guidelines for or reviews of the combination have been published. Currently, there are three ways of combining EA and RFA: additional RFA is effective for treatment of incompletely resolved symptoms and solid residual portions of a thyroid nodule after EA. Additional EA can be performed for the residual unablated solid portion of a nodule after RFA if it is adjacent to critical structures (e.g., trachea, esophagus, and recurrent laryngeal nerve). In the concomitant procedure, ethanol is injected to control venous oozing after aspiration of cystic fluid prior to RFA of the remaining solid nodule. PMID:28458598

  19. Quality Improvement Guidelines for Radiofrequency Ablation of Liver Tumours

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    Crocetti, Laura; Baere, Thierry de; Lencioni, Riccardo

    2010-02-15

    The development of image-guided percutaneous techniques for local tumour ablation has been one of the major advances in the treatment of liver malignancies. Among these methods, radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is currently established as the primary ablative modality at most institutions. RFA is accepted as the best therapeutic choice for patients with early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) when liver transplantation or surgical resection are not suitable options [1, 2]. In addition, RFA is considered a viable alternate to surgery (1) for inoperable patients with limited hepatic metastatic disease, especially from colorectal cancer, and (2) for patients deemed ineligible for surgical resection because of extent and location of the disease or concurrent medical conditions [3]. These guidelines were written to be used in quality-improvement programs to assess RFA of HCC and liver metastases. The most important processes of care are (1) patient selection, (2) performing the procedure, and (3) monitoring the patient. The outcome measures or indicators for these processes are indications, success rates, and complication rates.

  20. Software-assisted post-interventional assessment of radiofrequency ablation

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    Rieder, Christian; Geisler, Benjamin; Bruners, Philipp; Isfort, Peter; Na, Hong-Sik; Mahnken, Andreas H.; Hahn, Horst K.

    2014-03-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is becoming a standard procedure for minimally invasive tumor treatment in clinical practice. Due to its common technical procedure, low complication rate, and low cost, RFA has become an alternative to surgical resection in the liver. To evaluate the therapy success of RFA, thorough follow-up imaging is essential. Conventionally, shape, size, and position of tumor and coagulation are visually compared in a side-by-side manner using pre- and post-interventional images. To objectify the verification of the treatment success, a novel software assistant allowing for fast and accurate comparison of tumor and coagulation is proposed. In this work, the clinical value of the proposed assessment software is evaluated. In a retrospective clinical study, 39 cases of hepatic tumor ablation are evaluated using the prototype software and conventional image comparison by four radiologists with different levels of experience. The cases are randomized and evaluated in two sessions to avoid any recall-bias. Self-confidence of correct diagnosis (local recurrence vs. no local recurrence) on a six-point scale is given for each case by the radiologists. Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values as well as receiver operating curves are calculated for both methods. It is shown that the software-assisted method allows physicians to correctly identify local tumor recurrence with a higher percentage than the conventional method (sensitivity: 0.6 vs. 0.35), whereas the percentage of correctly identified successful ablations is slightly reduced (specificity: 0.83 vs. 0.89).

  1. Bilateral Intra-Articular Radiofrequency Ablation for Cervicogenic Headache

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    Tang, Teresa; Taftian, David; Chhatre, Akhil

    2017-01-01

    Introduction. Cervicogenic headache is characterized by unilateral neck or face pain referred from various structures such as the cervical joints and intervertebral disks. A recent study of patients with cervical pain showed significant pain relief after cervical medial branch neurotomy but excluded patients with C1-2 joint pain. It remains unclear whether targeting this joint has potential for symptomatic relief. To address this issue, we present a case report of C1-2 joint ablation with positive outcomes. Case Presentation. A 27-year-old female presented with worsening cervicogenic headache. Her pain was 9/10 by visual analog scale (VAS) and described as cramping and aching. Pain was localized suboccipitally with radiation to her jaw and posterior neck, worse on the right. Associated symptoms included clicking of her temporomandibular joint, neck stiffness, bilateral headaches with periorbital pain, numbness, and tingling. History, physical exam, and diagnostic studies indicated localization to the C1-2 joint with 80% decrease in pain after C1-2 diagnostic blocks. She underwent bilateral intra-articular radiofrequency ablation of the C1-C2 joint. Follow-up at 2, 4, 8, and 12 weeks showed improved function and pain relief with peak results at 12 weeks. Conclusion. Clinicians may consider C1-C2 joint ablation as a viable long-term treatment option for cervicogenic headaches. PMID:28149652

  2. Treatment of Benign Thyroid Nodules: Comparison of Surgery with Radiofrequency Ablation.

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    Che, Y; Jin, S; Shi, C; Wang, L; Zhang, X; Li, Y; Baek, J H

    2015-07-01

    Nodular goiter is one of the most common benign lesions in thyroid nodule. The main treatment of the disease is still the traditional surgical resection, however there are many problems such as general anesthesia, surgical scar, postoperative thyroid or parathyroid function abnormalities, and high nodules recurrence rate in residual gland. The purpose of this study was to compare the efficacy, safety, and cost-effectiveness of 2 treatment methods, surgery and radiofrequency ablation, for the treatment of benign thyroid nodules. From May 2012 to September 2013, 200 patients with nodular goiters who underwent surgery (group A) and 200 patients treated by radiofrequency ablation (group B) were enrolled in this study. Inclusion criteria were the following: 1) cosmetic problem, 2) nodule-related symptoms, 3) hyperfunctioning nodules related to thyrotoxicosis, and 4) refusal of surgery (for group B). An internally cooled radiofrequency ablation system and an 18-ga internally cooled electrode were used. We compared the 2 groups in terms of efficacy, safety, and cost-effectiveness during a 1-year follow-up. After radiofrequency ablation, the nodule volume decreased significantly from 5.4 to 0.4 mL (P = .002) at the 12-month follow-up. The incidence of complications was significantly higher from surgery than from radiofrequency ablation (6.0% versus 1.0%, P = .002). Hypothyroidism was detected in 71.5% of patients after surgery but in none following radiofrequency ablation. The rate of residual nodules (11.9% versus 2.9%, P = .004) and hospitalization days was significantly greater after surgery (6.6 versus 2.1 days, P < .001), but the cost difference was not significant. Surgical resection and radiofrequency ablation are both effective treatments of nodular goiter. Compared with surgery, the advantages of radiofrequency ablation include fewer complications, preservation of thyroid function, and fewer hospitalization days. Therefore, radiofrequency ablation should be

  3. Thermal ablation of liver metastases from colorectal cancer: radiofrequency, microwave and laser ablation therapies.

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    Vogl, Thomas J; Farshid, Parviz; Naguib, Nagy N N; Darvishi, Abbas; Bazrafshan, Babak; Mbalisike, Emmanuel; Burkhard, Thorsten; Zangos, Stephan

    2014-07-01

    Surgery is currently considered the treatment of choice for patients with colorectal cancer liver metastases (CRLM) when resectable. The majority of these patients can also benefit from systemic chemotherapy. Recently, local or regional therapies such as thermal ablations have been used with acceptable outcomes. We searched the medical literature to identify studies and reviews relevant to radiofrequency (RF) ablation, microwave (MW) ablation and laser-induced thermotherapy (LITT) in terms of local progression, survival indexes and major complications in patients with CRLM. Reviewed literature showed a local progression rate between 2.8 and 29.7 % of RF-ablated liver lesions at 12-49 months follow-up, 2.7-12.5 % of MW ablated lesions at 5-19 months follow-up and 5.2 % of lesions treated with LITT at 6-month follow-up. Major complications were observed in 4-33 % of patients treated with RF ablation, 0-19 % of patients treated with MW ablation and 0.1-3.5 % of lesions treated with LITT. Although not significantly different, the mean of 1-, 3- and 5-year survival rates for RF-, MW- and laser ablated lesions was (92.6, 44.7, 31.1 %), (79, 38.6, 21 %) and (94.2, 61.5, 29.2 %), respectively. The median survival in these methods was 33.2, 29.5 and 33.7 months, respectively. Thermal ablation may be an appropriate alternative in patients with CRLM who have inoperable liver lesions or have operable lesions as an adjunct to resection. However, further competitive evaluation should clarify the efficacy and priority of these therapies in patients with colorectal cancer liver metastases.

  4. A retrospective comparison of microwave ablation vs. radiofrequency ablation for colorectal cancer hepatic metastases.

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    Correa-Gallego, Camilo; Fong, Yuman; Gonen, Mithat; D'Angelica, Michael I; Allen, Peter J; DeMatteo, Ronald P; Jarnagin, William R; Kingham, T Peter

    2014-12-01

    Microwave (MWA) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) are the most commonly used techniques for ablating colorectal-liver metastases (CRLM). The technical and oncologic differences between these modalities are unclear. We conducted a matched-cohort analysis of patients undergoing open MWA or RFA for CRLM at a tertiary-care center between 2008 and 2011; the primary endpoint was ablation-site recurrence. Tumors were matched by size, clinical-risk score, and arterial-intrahepatic or systemic chemotherapy use. Outcomes were compared using conditional logistic regression and stratified log-rank test. We matched 254 tumors (127 per group) from 134 patients. MWA and RFA groups were comparable by age, gender, median number of tumors treated, proximity to major vessels, and postoperative complication rates. Patients in the MWA group had lower ablation-site recurrence rates (6% vs. 20%; P < 0.01). Median follow-up, however, was significantly shorter in the MWA group (18 months [95% confidence interval 17-20] vs. 31 months [95% confidence interval 28-35]; P < 0.001). Kaplan-Meier estimates of ablation-site recurrence at 2 years were significantly lower for the lesions treated with MWA (7% vs. 18%, P: 0.01). Ablation-site recurrences of CRLM were lower with MWA compared with RFA in this matched cohort analysis. Longer follow-up time in the MWA may increase the recurrence rate; however, actuarial local failure estimations demonstrated better local control with MWA.

  5. Varicose vein - noninvasive treatment

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    Sclerotherapy; Laser therapy - varicose veins; Radiofrequency vein ablation; Endovenous thermal ablation; Ambulatory phlebectomy; Transilluminated power phlebotomy; Endovenous laser ablation; Varicose ...

  6. Primary papillary thyroid carcinoma previously treated incompletely with radiofrequency ablation.

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    Kim, Hoon Yub; Ryu, Woo Sang; Woo, Sang Uk; Son, Gil Soo; Lee, Eun Sook; Lee, Jae Bok; Bae, Jeoung Won

    2010-01-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) recently has been applied to benign thyroid nodules, mainly for the cosmetic reasons, and limited cases of local recurrences or focal distant metastases of well-differentiated thyroid cancer, in the high-risk reoperative condition or for the palliative purpose. But no report has been made on the RFA for primary thyroid cancer to date. We report on a patient with primary papillary carcinoma of thyroid gland who had undergone RFA before the cytological diagnosis of malignancy, later referred and treated with robotic surgery successfully. We can learn the following lessons from our case; (1) the RFA for operable primary thyroid malignancy should be avoided, because of the possibility of remnant viable cancer and undetectable nodal metastasis, and (2) robotic or endoscopic thyroid surgery may be a feasible operative method for benign or malignant thyroid nodules previously treated with RFA.

  7. Percutaneous Radiofrequency Ablation for Treatment of Recurrent Retroperitoneal Liposarcoma

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    Keil, Sebastian Bruners, Philipp; Brehmer, Bernhard; Mahnken, Andreas Horst

    2008-07-15

    Percutaneous CT-guided radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is becoming more and more established in the treatment of various neoplasms, including retroperitoneal tumors of the kidneys and the adrenal glands. We report the case of RFA in a patient suffering from the third relapse of a retroperitoneal liposarcoma in the left psoas muscle. After repeated surgical resection and supportive radiation therapy of a primary retroperitoneal liposarcoma and two surgically treated recurrences, including replacement of the ureter by a fraction of the ileum, there was no option for further surgery. Thus, we considered RFA as the most suitable treatment option. Monopolar RFA was performed in a single session with a 2-cm umbrella-shaped LeVeen probe. During a 27-month follow-up period the patient remained free of tumor.

  8. Radiofrequency ablation of the spleen in patients with thalassemia intermedia: a pilot study.

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    Rasekhi, A R; Naderifar, M; Bagheri, M H; Shahriari, M; Foroutan, H; Karimi, M; Nabavizadeh, S A

    2009-05-01

    We investigated the efficacy and safety of radiofrequency ablation on the hematologic parameters in patients with thalassemia intermedia (TI). Radiofrequency ablation of the spleen was performed in 15 children with TI under general anesthesia using a cool-tip radiofrequency probe. These patients were regarded as the radiofrequency ablation group. Nine patients with TI who underwent partial splenectomy during the past 3 years and another 14 patients with TI who underwent total splenectomy were also enrolled in this study as the first and second control groups (CG1 and CG2). In the radiofrequency ablation group, two (13%) patients showed a significant increase in the mean hemoglobin level compared with the year before (1.5 and 1.8 g/dL). In addition, three (20%) other patients became transfusion-free in the year after radiofrequency ablation. In CG1, one (11%) patient showed a significant increase in hemoglobin the year after partial splenectomy, and another two (22%) patients became transfusion-free. In CG2, six (43%) patients revealed a significant increase in hemoglobin in the year after total splenectomy, and another four (29%) revealed a significant decrease in the need for transfusions. The mean increase in hemoglobin and platelet count was more significant in CG2 than in the radiofrequency ablation group and CG1. The mean hospital stay was significantly shorter in the radiofrequency ablation group (1.7 days vs 7.5 and 8.2 days in CG1 and CG2, respectively). We believe that radiofrequency ablation of the spleen can be a safe procedure in patients with TI and is at least as effective as partial splenectomy, having only minor self-limiting complications.

  9. Stereotactic Radiofrequency Ablation of Unresectable Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinomas: A Retrospective Study

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    Haidu, Marion; Dobrozemsky, Georg; Schullian, Peter Widmann, Gerlig; Klaus, Alexander Weiss, Helmut Margreiter, Raimund; Bale, Reto

    2012-10-15

    Purpose: To evaluate treatment effects, complications, and outcome of percutaneous stereotactic radiofrequency ablation (SRFA) of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC). Patients and Methods: Eleven consecutive patients (nine men and two women) with a total of 36 inoperable ICCs (18 initial lesions, 16 lesions newly detected during follow-up, and two local recurrences) underwent SRFA between December 2004 and June 2010. Two different radiofrequency ablation (RFA) devices with internally cooled electrodes were used. Tumor diameters ranged from 0.5 to 10 cm (median 3.0 cm). A total of 23 SRFA sessions were performed. The efficacy of SRFA was evaluated by contrast-enhanced computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging 1 month after treatment and then every 3 months. Results: Primary technical effectiveness rate was 92%. Further follow-up every 3 months revealed three local recurrences (8%), two of which were successfully retreated, resulting in a secondary technical effectiveness rate of 98%. After a total of 23 RFA sessions, three major complications occurred (13%) that could be managed interventionally. Mean follow-up time was 35 months (range 12-81 months). One- and 3-year overall survival rates were 91 and 71%, respectively. The median overall survival was 60 months (according to the life table method). Eight (73%) of 11 patients were still alive at the end of follow-up. Conclusion: SRFA is effective in the treatment of unresectable ICC even if the tumor is large and located close to major vessels. SRFA shows a survival benefit compared to other palliative treatment options and may also be considered as the first-line local treatment of ICCs in selected patients.

  10. Percutaneous ultrasound-guided radiofrequency thermal ablation of malignant osteolyses.

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    Poggi, Guido; Gatti, Carlo; Melazzini, Mario; Bernardo, Giovanni; Strada, Mariarosa; Teragni, Cristina; Delmonte, Angelo; Tagliaferri, Carlo; Bonezzi, Cesare; Barbieri, Massimo; Bernardo, Antonio; Fratino, Pietro

    2003-01-01

    Metastases are the most common neoplastic pathology involving the skeletal system. The hallmark of skeletal metastases is pain that often compromises the patient's quality of life. Radiotherapy, surgery and chemotherapy are the cornerstones of the treatment, but these techniques are not completely effective. Radiofrequency thermal ablation (RFA) may offer an alternative to conventional therapies for pain control. At present, the main field of application of RFA is the treatment of primary or secondary tumors of the liver but, recently, the technique has been effectively used to treat various other tumors in organs such as the prostate, kidney, lung, brain, pancreas and breast and to control pain caused by osteoid osteomas. Five patients with six painful bone metastases underwent RFA. The patients were three women and two men, aged 40-77 years (mean: 63.4). The radiofrequency system consists of an insulated 18-gauge needle electrode attached to a 500-kHz RF generator (Radionics, Burlington, Mass, USA). Four of our five patients rapidly obtained pain relief. One patient was completely pain free within 48 hours of the procedure and the control of pain persisted for 88 weeks. Another three patients obtained at least fifty percent pain reduction that lasted, on average, 12 weeks. Our preliminary results confirm that ultrasound-guided RFA is a simple and safe technique for treating painful superficial bone metastases.

  11. A new non-tumescent endovenous ablation method for varicose vein treatment: Early results of N-butyl cyanoacrylate (VariClose®).

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    Yasim, Alptekin; Eroglu, Erdinc; Bozoglan, Orhan; Mese, Bulent; Acipayam, Mehmet; Kara, Hakan

    2017-04-01

    Objective This report aims to present the early results of a retrospective study of the use of N-butyl cyanoacrylate (VariClose®)-based non-tumescent endovenous ablation for the treatment of patients with varicose veins. Method One hundred and eighty patients with varicose veins due to incompetent saphenous veins were treated with the VariClose® endovenous ablation method between May 2014 and November 2014. The patient sample consisted of 86 men and 94 women, with a mean age of 47.7 ± 11.7 years. The patients had a great saphenous vein diameter greater than 5.5 mm and a small saphenous vein diameter greater than 4 mm in conjunction with reflux for more than 0.5 s. Patients with varicose veins were evaluated with venous duplex examination, Clinical, Etiological, Anatomical and Pathophysiological classification (CEAP), and their Venous Clinical Severity Scores were recorded. Results The median CEAP score of patients was three, and the saphenous vein diameters were between 5.5 and 14 mm (mean of 7.7 ± 2.1 mm). A percutaneous entry was made under local anesthesia to the great saphenous vein in 169 patients and to the small saphenous vein in 11 patients. Duplex examination immediately after the procedure showed closure of the treated vein in 100% of the treated segment. No complications were observed. The mean follow-up time was 5.5 months (ranging from three to seven months). Recanalization was not observed in any of the patients during follow-up. The average Venous Clinical Severity Scores was 10.2 before the procedure and decreased to 3.9 after three months (p < 0.001). Conclusion The application of N-butyl cyanoacrylate (VariClose®) is an effective method for treating varicose veins; it yielded a high endovenous closure rate, with no need for tumescent anesthesia. However, long-term results are currently unknown.

  12. Radiofrequency ablation in an infant with recurrent supraventricular tachycardia and cyanosis

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    Vora, Amit; Lokhandwala, Yash; Sheth, Chirag; Dalvi, Bharat

    2009-01-01

    We report an unusual presentation of supraventricular tachycardia, in an infant, with cyanosis. The child had atrial septal defect with hypoplastic right ventricle. Radiofrequency ablation was performed in view of drug resistant SVT PMID:20808630

  13. [Experience of radiofrequency ablation therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma].

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    Iwauchi, Takehiko; Yamada, Nobuya; Amano, Ryousuke; Ohira, Masaichi; Nishino, Hiroji; Hirakawa, Kosei

    2005-10-01

    There are various therapeutic options for hepatocellular carcinoma. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) was introduced to Japan in 1998, and has become popular in percutaneous local treatment for HCC as a treatment with the advantage of both percutaneous ethanol injection therapy and percutaneous microwave coagulation therapy. In this study, we investigated the efficacy and complication of RFA for HCC. Seventeen patients underwent percutaneous or open RFA with a Cool-tip needle (Radionics Co. Ltd) from April 2001 to May 2005. All tumors were solitary and the average diameter of 17 tumors was 2.24 cm. Fifteen tumors were completely ablated, but two weren't. Local recurrence occurred in only one patient and the rate of local recurrence was 6.7%. Mild complication occurred in some patients, but critical complication did not occur in any patients. In this study, it was considered that RFA could be performed safely and was a good treatment for HCC with high efficacy. After investigating the long-term results and indication of RFA, it was suggested that RFA might be reestablished as an effective treatment for HCC.

  14. Palliation of Soft Tissue Cancer Pain With Radiofrequency Ablation

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    Locklin, Julia K.; Mannes, Andrew; Berger, Ann; Wood, Bradford J.

    2008-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to analyze the feasibility, safety, and efficacy of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) to treat pain from soft tissue neoplasms. RFA was performed on 15 painful soft tissue tumors in 14 patients. Tumors varied in histology and location and ranged in size from 2 to 20 cm. Patient pain was assessed using the Brief Pain Inventory (BPI) at baseline and 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, and 3 months post RFA. All patients had unresectable tumors or were poor operative candidates whose pain was poorly controlled by conventional treatment methods. BPI scores were divided into two categories: pain severity and interference of pain. Although not all scores were statistically significant, all mean scores trended down with increased time post ablation. Based on these outcomes, RFA appears to be a low-risk and well-tolerated procedure for pain palliation in patients with unresectable, painful soft tissue neoplasms. RFA is effective for short-term local pain control and may provide another option for failed chemotherapy or radiation therapy in patients with cancer. However, pain may transiently worsen, and relief is often temporary. PMID:15524075

  15. Value of radiofrequency ablation in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma

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    Feng, Kai; Ma, Kuan-Sheng

    2014-01-01

    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a malignant disease that substantially affects public health worldwide. It is especially prevalent in east Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, where the main etiology is the endemic status of chronic hepatitis B. Effective treatments with curative intent for early HCC include liver transplantation, liver resection (LR), and radiofrequency ablation (RFA). RFA has become the most widely used local thermal ablation method in recent years because of its technical ease, safety, satisfactory local tumor control, and minimally invasive nature. This technique has also emerged as an important treatment strategy for HCC in recent years. RFA, liver transplantation, and hepatectomy can be complementary to one another in the treatment of HCC, and the outcome benefits have been demonstrated by numerous clinical studies. As a pretransplantation bridge therapy, RFA extends the average waiting time without increasing the risk of dropout or death. In contrast to LR, RFA causes almost no intra-abdominal adhesion, thus producing favorable conditions for subsequent liver transplantation. Many studies have demonstrated mutual interactions between RFA and hepatectomy, effectively expanding the operative indications for patients with HCC and enhancing the efficacy of these approaches. However, treated tumor tissue remains within the body after RFA, and residual tumors or satellite nodules can limit the effectiveness of this treatment. Therefore, future research should focus on this issue. PMID:24876721

  16. Polarization image segmentation of radiofrequency ablated porcine myocardial tissue

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    Ahmad, Iftikhar; Gribble, Adam; Murtza, Iqbal; Ikram, Masroor; Pop, Mihaela; Vitkin, Alex

    2017-01-01

    Optical polarimetry has previously imaged the spatial extent of a typical radiofrequency ablated (RFA) lesion in myocardial tissue, exhibiting significantly lower total depolarization at the necrotic core compared to healthy tissue, and intermediate values at the RFA rim region. Here, total depolarization in ablated myocardium was used to segment the total depolarization image into three (core, rim and healthy) zones. A local fuzzy thresholding algorithm was used for this multi-region segmentation, and then compared with a ground truth segmentation obtained from manual demarcation of RFA core and rim regions on the histopathology image. Quantitative comparison of the algorithm segmentation results was performed with evaluation metrics such as dice similarity coefficient (DSC = 0.78 ± 0.02 and 0.80 ± 0.02), sensitivity (Sn = 0.83 ± 0.10 and 0.91 ± 0.08), specificity (Sp = 0.76 ± 0.17 and 0.72 ± 0.17) and accuracy (Acc = 0.81 ± 0.09 and 0.71 ± 0.10) for RFA core and rim regions, respectively. This automatic segmentation of parametric depolarization images suggests a novel application of optical polarimetry, namely its use in objective RFA image quantification. PMID:28380013

  17. [Ablation using radiofrequency in the treatment of ventricular tachycardia].

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    Cordero Cabra, J A; Iturralde Torres, P; Lara Vaca, S; Colín Lizalde, L; Kershenovich, S; Carvajal, A; González Hermosillo, J A

    1996-01-01

    We performed radiofrequency catheter ablation in 14 consecutive patients with Ventricular Tachycardia (VT) 10 of which had healthy hearts, one patient with ischemic heart disease, one with arrhythmogenic dysplasia, one with dilated cardiomyopathy, and one with congenital heart disease. The localization of the VT was: 10 in the left posterior fascicular region, 3 in the right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT), and one patient with ischemic heart disease with the substrate in the left ventricular apex. All of them with VT refractory to pharmacological management, using an average of 2.7 drugs per patient. After all patients underwent Electrophysiological Study (EPS), an intracavitary mapping was performed, in order to locate the arrhythmogenic substrate. Later on, the RF ablation was performed, delivering an average of 15 pulses, using 40 Watts, and an average time of 25 sec. per pulse. The procedure was successful in 60% of the fascicular VT, with a 16% of recurrence; 100% of success with those originated in the RVOT with no recurrence; in the ischemic patient we achieved primary success, but with recurrence, a second session was successful with no recurrence up to date. No major complications occurred in this group. Those patients which showed no success required the use of antiarrhythmic drugs. The total success of the series is 71.4% with 10% recurrence, and no mortality.

  18. Radiofrequency ablation of hepatic metastasis: results of treatment in forty patients.

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    Rath, G K; Julka, P K; Thulkar, S; Sharma, D N; Bahl, Amit; Bhatnagar, S

    2008-01-01

    To evaluate the local control of hepatic metastasis with radiofrequency ablation treatment. We did a retrospective analysis in 40 patients treated with radiofrequency ablation for hepatic metastasis. The tumors ablated included up to two metastatic liver lesions, with primaries in breast, gastrointestinal tract, cervix, etc. Radiofrequency ablation was performed under general anesthesia in all cases, using ultrasound guidance. Radionics Cool-Tip RF System was used to deliver the treatment. The median age of patients treated was 49 years. There were 13 female and 27 male patients. The median tumor size ablated was 1.5 cm (0.75-4.0 cm). A total of 52 radiofrequency ablation cycles were delivered. Successful ablation was achieved in all patients with hepatic metastasis less than 3 cm in size. Pain was the most common complication seen (75%). One patients developed skin burns. At 2-year follow-up 7.5% of patients had locally recurrent disease. Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive treatment modality. It can be useful in a select group of patients with solitary liver metastasis of less than 3 cm size.

  19. Meta-analysis of bipolar radiofrequency endometrial ablation versus thermal balloon endometrial ablation for the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding.

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    Zhai, Yan; Zhang, Zihan; Wang, Wei; Zheng, Tingping; Zhang, Huili

    2017-10-06

    Heavy menstrual bleeding is a common problem that can severely affect quality of life. To compare bipolar radiofrequency endometrial ablation and thermal balloon ablation for heavy menstrual bleeding in terms of efficacy and health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Online registries were systematically searched using relevant terms without language restriction from inception to November 24, 2016. Randomized control trials or cohort studies of women with heavy menstrual bleeding comparing the efficacy of two treatments were eligible. Data were extracted. Results were expressed as risk ratios (RRs) or weighted mean differences (WMDs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs). Six studies involving 901 patients were included. Amenorrhea rate at 12 months was significantly higher after bipolar radiofrequency endometrial ablation than after thermal balloon ablation (RR 2.73, 95% CI 2.00-3.73). However, no difference at 12 months was noted for dysmenorrhea (RR 1.04, 95% CI 0.68-1.58) or treatment failure (RR 0.78, 95% CI 0.38-1.60). The only significant difference for HRQoL outcomes was for change in SAQ pleasure score (12 months: WMD -3.51, 95% CI -5.42 to -1.60). Bipolar radiofrequency endometrial ablation and thermal balloon ablation reduce menstrual loss and improve quality of life. However, bipolar radiofrequency endometrial ablation is more effective in terms of amenorrhea rate and SAQ pleasure. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  20. Radiofrequency Ablation of Benign Thyroid Nodules and Recurrent Thyroid Cancers: Consensus Statement and Recommendations

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    Na, Dong Gyu; Lee, Jeong Hyun; Jung, So Lyung; Kim, Ji-hoon; Sung, Jin Yong; Shin, Jung Hee; Kim, Eun-Kyung; Lee, Joon Hyung; Kim, Dong Wook; Park, Jeong Seon; Kim, Kyu Sun; Baek, Seon Mi; Lee, Younghen; Chong, Semin; Sim, Jung Suk; Huh, Jung Yin; Bae, Jae-Ik; Kim, Kyung Tae; Han, Song Yee; Bae, Min Young; Kim, Yoon Suk

    2012-01-01

    Thermal ablation using radiofrequency is a new, minimally invasive modality employed as an alternative to surgery in patients with benign thyroid nodules and recurrent thyroid cancers. The Task Force Committee of the Korean Society of Thyroid Radiology has developed recommendations for the optimal use of radiofrequency ablation for thyroid nodules. These recommendations are based on a comprehensive analysis of the current literature, the results of multicenter studies, and expert consensus. PMID:22438678

  1. 12-month efficacy of a single radiofrequency ablation on autonomously functioning thyroid nodules.

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    Bernardi, Stella; Stacul, Fulvio; Michelli, Andrea; Giudici, Fabiola; Zuolo, Giulia; de Manzini, Nicolò; Dobrinja, Chiara; Zanconati, Fabrizio; Fabris, Bruno

    2016-11-15

    Radiofrequency ablation has been advocated as an alternative to radioiodine and/or surgery for the treatment of autonomously functioning benign thyroid nodules. However, only a few studies have measured radiofrequency ablation efficacy on autonomously functioning benign thyroid nodules. The aim of this work was to evaluate the 12-month efficacy of a single session of radiofrequency ablation (performed with the moving shot technique) on solitary autonomously functioning benign thyroid nodules. Thirty patients with a single, benign autonomously functioning benign thyroid nodules, who were either unwilling or ineligible to undergo surgery and radioiodine, were treated with radiofrequency ablation between April 2012 and May 2015. All the patients underwent a single radiofrequency ablation, performed with the 18-gauge needle and the moving shot technique. Clinical, laboratory, and ultrasound evaluations were scheduled at baseline, and after 1, 3, 6, and 12 months from the procedure. A single radiofrequency ablation reduced thyroid nodule volume by 51, 63, 69, and 75 % after 1, 3, 6, and 12 months, respectively. This was associated with a significant improvement of local cervical discomfort and cosmetic score. As for thyroid function, 33 % of the patients went into remission after 3 months, 43 % after 6 months, and 50 % after 12 months from the procedure. This study demonstrates that a single radiofrequency ablation allowed us to withdraw anti-thyroid medication in 50 % of the patients, who remained euthyroid afterwards. This study shows that a single radiofrequency ablation was effective in 50 % of patients with autonomously functioning benign thyroid nodules. Patients responded gradually to the treatment. It is possible that longer follow-up studies might show greater response rates.

  2. Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma Treated with Radiofrequency Ablation in a Patient with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: A Case Report

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    Sun, Jianyi; Liu, Xiaosun; Zhang, Qing; Hong, Yanyun; Song, Bin; Teng, Xiaodong

    2016-01-01

    Standard therapy has not been established for thyroid cancer when a thyroidectomy is contraindicated due to systemic disease. Herein, we reported a patient who had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and papillary thyroid carcinoma treated by radiofrequency ablation because of inability to tolerate a thyroidectomy. Radiofrequency ablation can be used to treat thyroid cancer when surgery is not feasible, although the long-term outcome needs further observation. PMID:27390548

  3. Radiofrequency ablation for postsurgical thyroid removal of differentiated thyroid carcinoma.

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    Xu, Dong; Wang, Lipin; Long, Bin; Ye, Xuemei; Ge, Minghua; Wang, Kejing; Guo, Liang; Li, Linfa

    2016-01-01

    Differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC) is the most common endocrine malignancy. Surgical removal with radioactive iodine therapy is recommended for recurrent thyroid carcinoma, and the postsurgical thyroid removal is critical. This study evaluated the clinical values of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in the postsurgical thyroid removal for DTC. 35 DTC patients who had been treated by subtotal thyroidectomy received RFA for postsurgical thyroid removal. Before and two weeks after RFA, the thyroid was examined by ultrasonography and (99m)TcO4 (-) thyroid imaging, and the serum levels of free triiodothyronine (FT3), free thyroxin (FT4), thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and thyroglobulin (Tg) were detected. The efficacy and complications of RFA were evaluated. Results showed that, the postsurgical thyroid removal by RFA was successfully performed in 35 patients, with no significant complication. After RFA, the average largest diameter and volume were significantly decreased in 35 patients (P > 0.05), and no obvious contrast media was observed in ablation area in the majority of patients. After RFA, the serum FT3, FT4 and Tg levels were markedly decreased (P < 0.05), and TSH level was significantly increased (P < 0.05). After RFA, radioiodine concentration in the ablation area was significantly reduced in the majority of patients. The reduction rate of thyroid update was 0.69±0.20%. DTC staging and interval between surgery and RFA had negative correlation (Pearson coefficient = -0.543; P = 0.001), with no obvious correlation among others influential factors. RFA is an effective and safe method for postsurgical thyroid removal of DTC.

  4. Palliative Treatment of Rectal Carcinoma Recurrence Using Radiofrequency Ablation

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    Mylona, Sophia Karagiannis, Georgios Patsoura, Sofia; Galani, Panagiota; Pomoni, Maria; Thanos, Loukas

    2012-08-15

    Purpose: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of CT-guided radiofrequency (RF) ablation for the palliative treatment of recurrent unresectable rectal tumors. Materials and Methods: Twenty-seven patients with locally recurrent rectal cancer were treated with computed tomography (CT)-guided RF ablation. Therapy was performed with the patient under conscious sedation with a seven- or a nine-array expandable RF electrode for 8-10 min at 80-110 Degree-Sign C and a power of 90-110 W. All patients went home under instructions the next day of the procedure. Brief Pain Inventory score was calculated before and after (1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months) treatment. Results: Complete tumor necrosis rate was 77.8% (21 of a total 27 procedures) despite lesion location. BPI score was dramatically decreased after the procedure. The mean preprocedure BPI score was 6.59, which decreased to 3.15, 1.15, and 0.11 at postprocedure day 1, week 1, and month 1, respectively, after the procedure. This decrease was significant (p < 0.01 for the first day and p < 0.001 for the rest of the follow-up intervals (paired Student t test; n - 1 = 26) for all periods during follow-up. Six patients had partial tumor necrosis, and we were attempted to them with a second procedure. Although the necrosis area showed a radiographic increase, no complete necrosis was achieved (secondary success rate 65.6%). No immediate or delayed complications were observed. Conclusion: CT-guided RF ablation is a minimally invasive, safe, and highly effective technique for treatment of malignant rectal recurrence. The method is well tolerated by patients, and pain relief is quickly achieved.

  5. Radiofrequency ablation for postsurgical thyroid removal of differentiated thyroid carcinoma

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    Xu, Dong; Wang, Lipin; Long, Bin; Ye, Xuemei; Ge, Minghua; Wang, Kejing; Guo, Liang; Li, Linfa

    2016-01-01

    Differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC) is the most common endocrine malignancy. Surgical removal with radioactive iodine therapy is recommended for recurrent thyroid carcinoma, and the postsurgical thyroid removal is critical. This study evaluated the clinical values of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in the postsurgical thyroid removal for DTC. 35 DTC patients who had been treated by subtotal thyroidectomy received RFA for postsurgical thyroid removal. Before and two weeks after RFA, the thyroid was examined by ultrasonography and 99mTcO4 - thyroid imaging, and the serum levels of free triiodothyronine (FT3), free thyroxin (FT4), thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and thyroglobulin (Tg) were detected. The efficacy and complications of RFA were evaluated. Results showed that, the postsurgical thyroid removal by RFA was successfully performed in 35 patients, with no significant complication. After RFA, the average largest diameter and volume were significantly decreased in 35 patients (P > 0.05), and no obvious contrast media was observed in ablation area in the majority of patients. After RFA, the serum FT3, FT4 and Tg levels were markedly decreased (P < 0.05), and TSH level was significantly increased (P < 0.05). After RFA, radioiodine concentration in the ablation area was significantly reduced in the majority of patients. The reduction rate of thyroid update was 0.69±0.20%. DTC staging and interval between surgery and RFA had negative correlation (Pearson coefficient = -0.543; P = 0.001), with no obvious correlation among others influential factors. RFA is an effective and safe method for postsurgical thyroid removal of DTC. PMID:27186311

  6. Is Cryoballoon Ablation Preferable to Radiofrequency Ablation for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation by Pulmonary Vein Isolation? A Meta-Analysis

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    Xu, Junxia; Huang, Yingqun; Cai, Hongbin; Qi, Yue; Jia, Nan; Shen, Weifeng; Lin, Jinxiu; Peng, Feng; Niu, Wenquan

    2014-01-01

    Objective Currently radiofrequency and cryoballoon ablations are the two standard ablation systems used for catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation; however, there is no universal consensus on which ablation is the optimal choice. We therefore sought to undertake a meta-analysis with special emphases on comparing the efficacy and safety between cryoballoon and radiofrequency ablations by synthesizing published clinical trials. Methods and Results Articles were identified by searching the MEDLINE and EMBASE databases before September 2013, by reviewing the bibliographies of eligible reports, and by consulting with experts in this field. Data were extracted independently and in duplicate. There were respectively 469 and 635 patients referred for cryoballoon and radiofrequency ablations from 14 qualified clinical trials. Overall analyses indicated that cryoballoon ablation significantly reduced fluoroscopic time and total procedure time by a weighted mean of 14.13 (95% confidence interval [95% CI]: 2.82 to 25.45; P = 0.014) minutes and 29.65 (95% CI: 8.54 to 50.77; P = 0.006) minutes compared with radiofrequency ablation, respectively, whereas ablation time in cryoballoon ablation was nonsignificantly elongated by a weighted mean of 11.66 (95% CI: −10.71 to 34.04; P = 0.307) minutes. Patients referred for cryoballoon ablation had a high yet nonsignificant success rate of catheter ablation compared with cryoballoon ablation (odds ratio; 95% CI; P: 1.34; 0.53 to 3.36; 0.538), and cryoballoon ablation was also found to be associated with the relatively low risk of having recurrent atrial fibrillation (0.75; 0.3 to 1.88; 0.538) and major complications (0.46; 0.11 to 1.83; 0.269). There was strong evidence of heterogeneity and low probability of publication bias. Conclusion Our findings demonstrate greater improvement in fluoroscopic time and total procedure duration for atrial fibrillation patients referred for cryoballoon ablation than those for

  7. Microembolism and catheter ablation I: a comparison of irrigated radiofrequency and multielectrode-phased radiofrequency catheter ablation of pulmonary vein ostia.

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    Haines, David E; Stewart, Mark T; Dahlberg, Sarah; Barka, Noah D; Condie, Cathy; Fiedler, Gary R; Kirchhof, Nicole A; Halimi, Franck; Deneke, Thomas

    2013-02-01

    Cerebral diffusion-weighted MRI lesions have been observed after catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation. We hypothesized that conditions predisposing to microembolization could be identified using a porcine model of pulmonary vein ablation and an extracorporeal circulation loop. Ablations of the pulmonary veins were performed in 18 swine with echo monitoring. The femoral artery and vein were cannulated and an extracorporeal circulation loop with 2 ultrasonic bubble detectors and a 73-μm filter were placed in series. Microemboli and microbubbles were compared between ablation with an irrigated radiofrequency system (Biosense-Webster) and a phased radiofrequency multielectrode system (pulmonary vein ablation catheter [PVAC], Medtronic, Inc, Carlsbad, CA) in unipolar and 3 blended unipolar/bipolar modes. Animal pathology was examined. The size and number of microbubbles observed during ablation ranged from 30 to 180 μm and 0 to 3253 bubbles per ablation. Microbubble volumes with PVAC (29.1 nL) were greater than with irrigated radiofrequency (0.4 nL; P=0.045), and greatest with type II or III microbubbles on transesophageal echocardiography. Ablation with the PVAC showed fewest microbubbles in the unipolar mode (P=0.012 versus bipolar). The most occurred during bipolar energy delivery with overlap of proximal and distal electrodes (median microbubble volume, 1744 nL; interquartile range, 737-4082 nL; maximum, 19 516 nL). No cerebral MRI lesions were seen, but 2 animals had renal embolization. Left atrial ablation with irrigated radiofrequency and PVAC catheters in swine is associated with microbubble and microembolus production. Avoiding overlap of electrodes 1 and 10 on PVAC should reduce the microembolic burden associated with this procedure.

  8. Effect of radiofrequency ablation on healing of infected full-thickness wounds in minipigs.

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    Yang, Rungong; Zuo, Tantan; Zhu, Jialiang; Zhong, Hongbin; Wu, Kejian; Hou, Shuxun

    2013-12-01

    The success of debridement is critical to optimize the treatment outcomes of traumatic wounds. To investigate the impact of radiofrequency ablation on healing potential of infected wounds, minipigs with infected full-thickness skin defects on backs were divided into 4 treatment groups randomly: radiofrequency ablation debridement, electric knife debridement, sharp instrument debridement, and no treatment. The healing rate, healing time, tissue filling rate, bacterial quantitative, and histological assay were evaluated postoperatively. The results obtained provide evidence that the wounds after radiofrequency ablation treatment enhanced the skin wound-healing efficacy and had better outcomes of tissue filling compared with other debridement therapies. Furthermore, we quantified the bacterial counting level in wound samples, and the results revealed a more significant decreasing trend in radiofrequency ablation group than that of the electric knife debridement group and the sharp instrument debridement group. Postoperative histological measurements showed that there were better granulation formation and re-epithelialization and collagen deposition in radiofrequency ablation-treated wounds than those in other groups. The present findings demonstrate that radiofrequency ablation has a significantly influence on reducing the number of bacteria and improving the healing quality and is a promising candidate for treatment of infected wounds.

  9. Comparison of renal artery, soft tissue, and nerve damage after irrigated versus nonirrigated radiofrequency ablation.

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    Sakakura, Kenichi; Ladich, Elena; Fuimaono, Kristine; Grunewald, Debby; O'Fallon, Patrick; Spognardi, Anna-Maria; Markham, Peter; Otsuka, Fumiyuki; Yahagi, Kazuyuki; Shen, Kai; Kolodgie, Frank D; Joner, Michael; Virmani, Renu

    2015-01-01

    The long-term efficacy of radiofrequency ablation of renal autonomic nerves has been proven in nonrandomized studies. However, long-term safety of the renal artery (RA) is of concern. The aim of our study was to determine if cooling during radiofrequency ablation preserved the RA while allowing equivalent nerve damage. A total of 9 swine (18 RAs) were included, and allocated to irrigated radiofrequency (n=6 RAs, temperature setting: 50°C), conventional radiofrequency (n=6 RAs, nonirrigated, temperature setting: 65°C), and high-temperature radiofrequency (n=6 RAs, nonirrigated, temperature setting: 90°C) groups. RAs were harvested at 10 days, serially sectioned from proximal to distal including perirenal tissues and examined after paraffin embedding, and staining with hematoxylin-eosin and Movat pentachrome. RAs and periarterial tissue including nerves were semiquantitatively assessed and scored. A total of 660 histological sections from 18 RAs were histologically examined by light microscopy. Arterial medial injury was significantly less in the irrigated radiofrequency group (depth of medial injury, circumferential involvement, and thinning) than that in the conventional radiofrequency group (P<0.001 for circumference; P=0.003 for thinning). Severe collagen damage such as denatured collagen was also significantly less in the irrigated compared with the conventional radiofrequency group (P<0.001). Nerve damage although not statistically different between the irrigated radiofrequency group and conventional radiofrequency group (P=0.36), there was a trend toward less nerve damage in the irrigated compared with conventional. Compared to conventional radiofrequency, circumferential medial damage in highest-temperature nonirrigated radiofrequency group was significantly greater (P<0.001). Saline irrigation significantly reduces arterial and periarterial tissue damage during radiofrequency ablation, and there is a trend toward less nerve damage. © 2014 American Heart

  10. Visualizing ex vivo radiofrequency and microwave ablation zones using electrode vibration elastography

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    DeWall, Ryan J.; Varghese, Tomy; Brace, Chris L.

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: Electrode vibration elastography is a new shear wave imaging technique that can be used to visualize thermal ablation zones. Prior work has shown the ability of electrode vibration elastography to delineate radiofrequency ablations; however, there has been no previous study of delineation of microwave ablations or radiological–pathological correlations using multiple observers. Methods: Radiofrequency and microwave ablations were formed in ex vivo bovine liver tissue. Their visualization was compared on shear wave velocity and maximum displacement images. Ablation dimensions were compared to gross pathology. Elastographic imaging and gross pathology overlap and interobserver variability were quantified using similarity measures. Results: Elastographic imaging correlated with gross pathology. Correlation of area estimates was better in radiofrequency than in microwave ablations, with Pearson coefficients of 0.79 and 0.54 on shear wave velocity images and 0.90 and 0.70 on maximum displacement images for radiofrequency and microwave ablations, respectively. The absolute relative difference in area between elastographic imaging and gross pathology was 18.9% and 22.9% on shear wave velocity images and 16.0% and 23.1% on maximum displacement images for radiofrequency and microwave ablations, respectively. Conclusions: Statistically significant radiological–pathological correlation was observed in this study, but correlation coefficients were lower than other modulus imaging techniques, most notably in microwave ablations. Observers provided similar delineations for most thermal ablations. These results suggest that electrode vibration elastography is capable of imaging thermal ablations, but refinement of the technique may be necessary before it can be used to monitor thermal ablation procedures clinically. PMID:23127063

  11. Visualizing ex vivo radiofrequency and microwave ablation zones using electrode vibration elastography.

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    Dewall, Ryan J; Varghese, Tomy; Brace, Chris L

    2012-11-01

    Electrode vibration elastography is a new shear wave imaging technique that can be used to visualize thermal ablation zones. Prior work has shown the ability of electrode vibration elastography to delineate radiofrequency ablations; however, there has been no previous study of delineation of microwave ablations or radiological-pathological correlations using multiple observers. Radiofrequency and microwave ablations were formed in ex vivo bovine liver tissue. Their visualization was compared on shear wave velocity and maximum displacement images. Ablation dimensions were compared to gross pathology. Elastographic imaging and gross pathology overlap and interobserver variability were quantified using similarity measures. Elastographic imaging correlated with gross pathology. Correlation of area estimates was better in radiofrequency than in microwave ablations, with Pearson coefficients of 0.79 and 0.54 on shear wave velocity images and 0.90 and 0.70 on maximum displacement images for radiofrequency and microwave ablations, respectively. The absolute relative difference in area between elastographic imaging and gross pathology was 18.9% and 22.9% on shear wave velocity images and 16.0% and 23.1% on maximum displacement images for radiofrequency and microwave ablations, respectively. Statistically significant radiological-pathological correlation was observed in this study, but correlation coefficients were lower than other modulus imaging techniques, most notably in microwave ablations. Observers provided similar delineations for most thermal ablations. These results suggest that electrode vibration elastography is capable of imaging thermal ablations, but refinement of the technique may be necessary before it can be used to monitor thermal ablation procedures clinically.

  12. The effect of radiofrequency catheter ablation on permanent pacemakers: an experimental study.

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    Chin, M C; Rosenqvist, M; Lee, M A; Griffin, J C; Langberg, J J

    1990-01-01

    Radiofrequency current is being investigated as an alternative to direct current shock for transcatheter ablation of cardiac arrhythmias. Permanent pacemakers are known to be susceptible to high frequency electromagnetic interference. This study was performed to examine the effects of transcatheter radiofrequency ablation on permanent pacemakers in a worst-case scenario. Nineteen pulse generators representing 16 models from seven manufacturers were acutely implanted in 12 dogs to assess their function during and after ablation. Pulse generators were implanted subcutaneously in the neck and connected to a transvenous permanent pacing lead positioned in the right ventricular apex. A 6F quadripolar electrode catheter was positioned approximately 1 cm from the tip of the permanent pacing lead. Radiofrequency current from an electrosurgical unit was applied between the distal electrode of the catheter and a large diameter skin electrode placed below the left scapula. Three additional ablation sessions were performed with the catheter situated 4-5 cm from the permanent pacing lead. Each ablation consisted of 15 W of radiofrequency power, delivered for up to 30 seconds. Twelve pulse generators were falsely inhibited during radiofrequency ablation while programmed to the VVI or DDD mode, nine of which continued to be inhibited while programmed to the VOO or DOO mode. Five pulse generators paced at abnormal rates, including three examples of one pulse generator model that displayed pacemaker runaway. Runaway was observed during eight ablations, resulting in two episodes of ventricular fibrillation. Eleven pulse generators reverted to noise mode behavior during ablation. Only three pulse generators were unaffected during ablation. No reprogramming or pacing system malfunctions were observed after cessation of radiofrequency current application or during ablations greater than 4 cm from the permanent lead.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  13. Complications of thermal ablation of hepatic tumours: comparison of radiofrequency and microwave ablative techniques.

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    Ding, J; Jing, X; Liu, J; Wang, Y; Wang, F; Wang, Y; Du, Z

    2013-06-01

    To investigate the common complications of thermal ablation of liver tumours using both radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and microwave ablation (MWA) techniques, and to compare the safety of these two procedures. This retrospective study protocol was approved by the institution's ethics committee to allow investigators to review existing patient medical records. A total of 879 patients with hepatic tumours underwent thermal ablation; 323 patients underwent RFA and 556 underwent MWA. The complications of the RFA and MWA techniques were compared. A total of 1030 thermal ablation sessions was performed in 879 patients with a total of 1652 tumours. Three hundred and twenty-three patients with 562 tumours received a total of 376 RFA sessions with an average of 1.16 ± 0.48 sessions per patient. The other 556 patients with 1090 tumours received a total of 654 MWA with an average 1.18 ± 0.51 sessions per patient. The mortality rates were 0.31% (1/323) and 0.36% (2/556) in RFA and MWA group. In RFA and MWA group, the major complication rates were 3.5% (13/376) and 3.1% (20/654), meanwhile the minor complication rates were 5.9% (22/376) and 5.7% (37/654). There was no statistically significant difference in the mortality rates, major complications, and minor complications between the RFA and MWA groups (p > 0.05). Thermal ablation therapy in the treatment of liver cancers is relatively safe with low mortality and a low incidence of serious complications. The types and incidences of complications caused by RFA and MWA are similar and comparable for safety consideration in clinical settings. Copyright © 2013 The Royal College of Radiologists. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Treatment of Uterine Myomas by Radiofrequency Thermal Ablation

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    Chen, Ming; Yang, Shujun; Li, Juan; Zhu, Tongyu; Zhao, Xiaoli

    2015-01-01

    Patients’ selection criteria, effectiveness, and safety of radiofrequency thermal ablation (RFTA) therapy for uterine myomas (UM) were assessed using a 10-year retrospective cohort study. From July 2001 to July 2011, a total of 1216 patients treated for UM were divided into 2 groups. Group A consisted of 476 premenopause patients, average age 36.5 ± 8.5 years, average number of myomas 1.7 ± 0.9, and average diameter of myomas 4.5 ± 1.5 cm, and group B consisted of 740 menopause patients, average age 48.5 ± 3.5 years, average number of myomas 2.6 ± 1.3, and average diameter of myomas 5.0 ± 2.5 cm. Average follow-up period was 36.5 ± 11.5 months. At 1, 3, 6, 12, and 24 months after RFTA, average diameters of myomas in group A were 3.8, 3.0, 2.7, 2.4, and 2.2 cm, respectively, and 47.7% (227 of 476) of patients had tumor trace at 12 months after RFTA. In group B, the results were 4.7, 3.7, 3.3, 2.3, and 2.3 cm, respectively, and 58.8% (435 of 740) of patients had tumor trace at 12 months after RFTA. Three months after treatment, myoma volumes were significantly reduced in both the groups (P < .01), and group B had higher rate of tumor trace at 12 months after RFTA than group A (P < .05). Clinical symptoms and health-related quality-of-life outcome (HRQL) were significantly improved after RFTA in both groups and the postoperative recurrence rate of UM was significantly higher in group A at 10.7% (51 of 476) than group B at 2.4% (18 of 740; P < .05). Radiofrequency thermal ablation is an excellent minimally invasive treatment for UM smaller than 5.0 cm in diameter. PMID:25355802

  15. Endovenous laser ablation of varicose veins with the 1470 nm diode laser using a radial fiber - 1-year follow-up.

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    von Hodenberg, E; Zerweck, C; Knittel, M; Zeller, T; Schwarz, T

    2015-03-01

    Endovenous laser ablation is one of the most accepted treatment options for insufficient great and small saphenous veins. The aim of this study was to investigate the long-term efficacy and safety of the radial fiber (ELVeS-radial kit™) for the 1470 nm diode laser in a 1-year follow-up. A total of 308 lower limbs with primary insufficiency of great and small saphenous veins or insufficient tributaries were included in the prospective observational cohort study. The primary efficacy endpoint of the study was ultrasonographic proven elimination of venous reflux after at least 1 year. Secondary efficacy and further safety end points after 1 year were as follows: (1) sonographic exclusion of recanalization of the treated vein segments, (2) deep vein thrombosis, clinical pulmonary embolism or superficial vein thrombosis as defined by objective testing, (3) death from any cause, (4) persistent clinical complaints such as pain and paresthesia, (5) recurrent varicose veins. Patient satisfaction was assessed using a CIVIQ-2 questionnaire after 1 year. Follow-up could be completed in 91.2% of the patients. Excellent efficacy numbers with 99.6% occlusion of the treated varicose veins as elimination of reflux could be demonstrated. After 1 year, 96% of the treated veins disappeared completely sonographically; one recanalization was observed. No deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism occurred, three superficial vein thrombosis were diagnosed in follow-up examinations. Four patients died, not related to pulmonary embolism. No persistent pain or paresthesia occurred in the follow-up. Recurrent varicose veins were diagnosed in 10 patients (2.81%). One-year follow-up showed that endovenous laser treatment of varicose veins with 1470 nm diode laser using the radial fiber is highly effective, also regarding in a 1-year follow-up. © The Author(s) 2013 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav.

  16. Radiofrequency ablation of atrial tachyarrhythmias in adults with tetralogy of Fallot - predictors of success and outcome.

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    Ezzat, Vivienne A; Ryan, Matthew J; O'Leary, Justin; Ariti, Cono; Deanfield, John; Pandya, Bejal; Cullen, Shay; Walker, Fiona; Khan, Fakhar; Abrams, Dominic J; Lambiase, Pier D; Lowe, Martin D

    2017-03-01

    Adults with tetralogy of Fallot experience atrial tachyarrhythmias; however, there are a few data on the outcomes of radiofrequency ablation. We examined the characteristics, outcome, and predictors of recurrence of atrial tachyarrhythmias after radiofrequency ablation in tetralogy of Fallot patients. Methods/results Retrospective data were collected from 2004 to 2013. In total, 56 ablations were performed on 37 patients. We identified two matched controls per case: patients with tetralogy of Fallot but no radiofrequency ablation and not known to have atrial tachyarrhythmias. Acute success was 98%. Left atrial arrhythmias increased in frequency over time. The mean follow-up was 41 months; 78% were arrhythmia-free. Number of cardiac surgeries, age, and presence of atrial fibrillation were predictors of recurrence. Lone cavo-tricuspid isthmus-dependent flutter reduced the likelihood of atrial fibrillation. Right and left atria in patients with tetralogy of Fallot were larger in ablated cases than controls. NYHA class was worse in cases and improved after ablation; baseline status predicted death. Of matched non-ablated controls, a number of them had atrial fibrillation. These patients were excluded from the case-control study but analysed separately. Most of them had died during follow-up, whereas of the matched ablated cases all were alive and the majority in sinus rhythm. Patients with tetralogy of Fallot and atrial tachyarrhythmias have more dilated atria than those without atrial tachyarrhythmias. Radiofrequency ablation improves functional status. Left atrial ablation is more commonly required with repeat procedures. There is a high prevalence of atrial tachyarrhythmias, particularly atrial fibrillation, in patients with tetralogy of Fallot; early radiofrequency ablation may have a protective effect against this.

  17. Effect of radiofrequency ablation and comparison with surgical sympathectomy in palmar hyperhidrosis.

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    Purtuloglu, Tarik; Atim, Abdulkadir; Deniz, Suleyman; Kavakli, Kutan; Sapmaz, Ersin; Gurkok, Sedat; Kurt, Ercan; Turan, Alparslan

    2013-06-01

    Hyperhidrosis is a the disorder of excessive sweating in certain regions of the body. It is usually treated with surgical sympathectomy. Radiofrequency therapy has been successfully used for sympatholysis. We tested the primary hypothesis that radiofrequency therapy is independently associated with decreased palmar hyperhidrosis and compared results for patients receiving this treatment with patients who underwent surgical sympathectomy. We included all the patients undergoing treatment for hyperhidrosis between March 2010 and April 2012. Patients who underwent either surgical sympathectomy or radiofrequency ablation for palmar hyperhidrosis were included and analysed. The outcomes studied included complications, success of the procedure, patient satisfaction with their procedure and compensatory hyperhidrosis. There were 94 patients who met our criteria, of whom 46 (49%) had surgical sympathectomy and 48 (51%) had radiofrequency ablation performed. Radiofrequency had a success rate of 75% in treating hyperhidrosis, but this was found to be statistically lower than for surgical sympathectomy (95%; P < 0.01). The groups were similar regarding patient satisfaction (P = 0.26) and compensatory hyperhidrosis (P = 0.78). This is the first clinical study to evaluate the role of radiofrequency ablation and compare it with the surgical treatment option for palmar hyperhidrosis. Radiofrequency ablation significantly decreased hyperhidrosis, but it had a lower success rate than surgical sympathectomy.

  18. Massive Hemoptysis from Pulmonary Artery Pseudoaneurysm Caused by Lung Radiofrequency Ablation: Successful Treatment by Coil Embolization

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    Yamakado, Koichiro Takaki, Haruyuki; Takao, Motoshi; Murashima, Shuichi; Kodama, Hiroshi; Kashima, Masataka; Nakatsuka, Atsuhiro; Uraki, Junji; Shimpo, Hideto; Takeda, Kan

    2010-04-15

    A 75-year-old man received lung radiofrequency (RF) ablation to treat lung metastases from hepatocellular carcinoma. Massive hemoptysis occurred 1 week after lung RF ablation. Emergent contrast-enhanced CT and pulmonary arteriography revealed a pulmonary artery pseudoaneurysm, which was embolized with coils. The postembolization course was uneventful. Hemoptysis did not recur for 5 months.

  19. Outcome after Radiofrequency Ablation of Sarcoma Lung Metastases

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    Koelblinger, Claus; Strauss, Sandra; Gillams, Alice

    2013-05-14

    PurposeResection is the mainstay of management in patients with sarcoma lung metastases, but there is a limit to how many resections can be performed. Some patients with inoperable disease have small-volume lung metastases that are amenable to thermal ablation. We report our results after radiofrequency ablation (RFA).MethodsThis is a retrospective study of patients treated from 2007 to 2012 in whom the intention was to treat all sites of disease and who had a minimum CT follow-up of 4 months. Treatment was performed under general anesthesia/conscious sedation using cool-tip RFA. Follow-up CT scans were analyzed for local control. Primary tumor type, location, grade, disease-free interval, prior resection/chemotherapy, number and size of lung tumors, uni- or bilateral disease, complications, and overall and progression-free survival were recorded.ResultsTwenty-two patients [15 women; median age 48 (range 10–78) years] with 55 lung metastases were treated in 30 sessions. Mean and median tumor size and initial number were 0.9 cm and 0.7 (range 0.5–2) cm, and 2.5 and 1 (1–7) respectively. Median CT and clinical follow-up were 12 (4–54) and 20 (8–63) months, respectively. Primary local control rate was 52 of 55 (95 %). There were 2 of 30 (6.6 %) Common Terminology Criteria grade 3 complications with no long-term sequelae. Mean (median not reached) and 2- and 3-year overall survival were 51 months, and 94 and 85 %. Median and 1- and 2-year progression-free survival were 12 months, and 53 and 23 %. Prior disease-free interval was the only significant factor to affect overall survival.ConclusionRFA is a safe and effective treatment for patients with small-volume sarcoma metastases.

  20. Radiofrequency thermo-ablation of PVNS in the knee: initial results.

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    Lalam, Radhesh K; Cribb, Gillian L; Cassar-Pullicino, Victor N; Cool, Wim P; Singh, Jaspreet; Tyrrell, Prudencia N M; Tins, Bernhard J; Winn, Naomi

    2015-12-01

    Pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS) is normally treated by arthroscopic or open surgical excision. We present our initial experience with radiofrequency thermo-ablation (RF ablation) of PVNS located in an inaccessible location in the knee. Review of all patients with histologically proven PVNS treated with RF ablation and with at least 2-year follow-up. Three patients met inclusion criteria and were treated with RF ablation. Two of the patients were treated successfully by one ablation procedure. One of the three patients had a recurrence which was also treated successfully by repeat RF ablation. There were no complications and all patients returned to their previous occupations following RF ablation. In this study we demonstrated the feasibility of performing RF ablation to treat PVNS in relatively inaccessible locations with curative intent. We have also discussed various post-ablation imaging appearances which can confound the assessment for residual/recurrent disease.

  1. Laparoscopic-assisted microwave ablation for hepatocellular carcinoma: safety and efficacy in comparison with radiofrequency ablation.

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    Simo, Kerri A; Sereika, Stephanie E; Newton, Kimberly N; Gerber, David A

    2011-12-01

    Thermal ablation techniques are increasingly important in the search for improved locoregional therapy of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with cirrhosis. This study reports the largest US series using laparoscopic-assisted microwave ablation (Lap-MWA) with a 915-MHz generator for HCC and compares it with a contemporary laparoscopic-assisted radiofrequency ablation (Lap-RFA) experience. Thirty-five patients with HCC underwent laparoscopic-assisted ablation utilizing either MWA or RFA. Medical records, radiographic imaging, and histology were reviewed and outcomes analyzed. Twenty-two patients underwent Lap-RFA (27 tumors) and 13 received Lap-MWA (15 tumors). Average ablation volumes were similar for Lap-RFA and Lap-MWA at 23.43 and 28.99 cm(3), respectively (=0.69). Average operative times for Lap-RFA were 149 ± 35 min versus 112 ± 40 min with Lap-RFA (P = 0.004). Mean follow-up was 19 months in the Lap-RFA group: 50% alive without evidence of disease, 9% alive with disease, 36% deceased and 5% lost to follow-up. Mean follow-up in the Lap-MWA group was 7 months: 54% alive without evidence of disease, 31% alive with disease and 15% deceased. Lap-MWA is a safe and efficacious locoregional therapy for HCC which achieves outcomes comparable to Lap-RFA. Shorter operative times were realized with this modality and complete coagulative necrosis was confirmed histologically on explanted livers. Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  2. Use of radiofrequency ablation in benign thyroid nodules: a literature review and updates.

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    Wong, Kai-Pun; Lang, Brian Hung-Hin

    2013-01-01

    Successful thermal ablation using radiofrequency has been reported in various tumors including liver or kidney tumors. Nonsurgical minimally invasive ablative therapy such as radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has been reported to be a safe and efficient treatment option in managing symptomatic cold thyroid nodules or hyperfunctioning thyroid nodules. Pressure and cosmetic symptoms have been shown to be significantly improved both in the short and long terms after RFA. For hyperfunctioning thyroid nodules, RFA is indicated for whom surgery or radioiodine are not indicated or ineffective or for those who refuse surgery or radio-iodine. Improvement of thyroid function with decreased need for antithyroid medications has been reported. Complication rate is relatively low. By reviewing the current literature, we reported its efficacy and complications and compared the efficacy of RFA relative to other ablative options such as ethanol ablation and laser ablation.

  3. Optoacoustic monitoring of real-time lesion formation during radiofrequency catheter ablation

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    Pang, Genny A.; Bay, Erwin; Deán-Ben, Xosé L.; Razansky, Daniel

    2015-03-01

    Current radiofrequency cardiac ablation procedures lack real-time lesion monitoring guidance, limiting the reliability and efficacy of the treatment. The objective of this work is to demonstrate that optoacoustic imaging can be applied to develop a diagnostic technique applicable to radiofrequency ablation for cardiac arrhythmia treatment with the capabilities of real-time monitoring of ablated lesion size and geometry. We demonstrate an optoacoustic imaging method using a 256-detector optoacoustic imaging probe and pulsed-laser illumination in the infrared wavelength range that is applied during radiofrequency ablation in excised porcine myocardial tissue samples. This technique results in images with high contrast between the lesion volume and unablated tissue, and is also capable of capturing time-resolved image sequences that provide information on the lesion development process. The size and geometry of the imaged lesion were shown to be in excellent agreement with the histological examinations. This study demonstrates the first deep-lesion real-time monitoring for radiofrequency ablation generated lesions, and the technique presented here has the potential for providing critical feedback that can significantly impact the outcome of clinical radiofrequency ablation procedures.

  4. Radiofrequency ablation to treat non-small cell lung cancer and pulmonary metastases.

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    Fernando, Hiran C

    2008-02-01

    Radiofrequency ablation is being reported with increasing frequency for the treatment of lung tumors. Several studies have demonstrated that this is a feasible and safe approach. Intermediate outcomes are now becoming available. Although tumors up to 5 cm in size can be effectively treated with radiofrequency ablation, results are better for smaller tumors (3 cm or less). This review describes the techniques, available ablation devices, and the potential role of radiofrequency ablation for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and pulmonary metastases. Resection (lobar or sublobar) should remain the standard therapy for NSCLC. Radiofrequency ablation may be better than conventional external-beam radiation for the treatment of the high-risk individual with NSCLC. Preliminary results for pulmonary metastases are similar to those reported after resection. In addition, patients with pulmonary metastases have been demonstrated to develop recurrences even after thoracotomy and bimanual palpation of the lung. Radiofrequency ablation may be an alternative to resection for the patient with small-diameter pulmonary metastases, and future study of this may be indicated.

  5. Supercomputer Simulation of Radio-frequency Hepatic Tumor Ablation

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    Kosturski, N.; Margenov, S.

    2010-11-01

    We simulate the thermal and electrical processes, involved in the radio-frequency (RF) ablation procedure. The mathematical model consists of two parts—electrical and thermal. The energy from the applied AC voltage is determined first, by solving the Laplace equation to find the potential distribution. After that, the electric field intensity and the current density are directly calculated. Finally, the heat transfer equation is solved to determine the temperature distribution. Heat loss due to blood perfusion is also accounted for. The representation of the computational domain is based on a voxel mesh. Both partial differential equations are discretized in space via linear conforming FEM. After the space discretization, the backward Euler scheme is used for the time stepping. Large-scale linear systems arise from the FEM discretization. Moreover, they are ill-conditioned, due to the strong coefficient jumps and the complex geometry of the problem. Therefore, efficient parallel solution methods are required. The developed parallel solver is based on the preconditioned conjugate gradient (PCG) method. As a preconditioner, we use BoomerAMG—a parallel algebraic multigrid implementation from the package Hypre, developed in LLNL, Livermore. Parallel numerical tests, performed on the IBM Blue Gene/P massively parallel computer are presented.

  6. Surgical and Pathological Changes after Radiofrequency Ablation of Thyroid Nodules.

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    Dobrinja, Chiara; Bernardi, Stella; Fabris, Bruno; Eramo, Rita; Makovac, Petra; Bazzocchi, Gabriele; Piscopello, Lanfranco; Barro, Enrica; de Manzini, Nicolò; Bonazza, Deborah; Pinamonti, Maurizio; Zanconati, Fabrizio; Stacul, Fulvio

    2015-01-01

    Background. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has been recently advocated as an effective technique for the treatment of symptomatic benign thyroid nodules. It is not known to what extent it may affect any subsequent thyroid surgery and/or histological diagnosis. Materials and Methods. RFA was performed on 64 symptomatic Thy2 nodules (benign nodules) and 6 symptomatic Thy3 nodules (follicular lesions/follicular neoplasms). Two Thy3 nodules regrew after the procedure, and these patients accepted to undergo a total thyroidectomy. Here we present how RFA has affected the operation and the final pathological features of the surgically removed nodules. Results and Conclusions. RFA is effective for the treatment of Thy2 nodules, but it should not be recommended as first-line therapy for the treatment of Thy3 nodules (irrespective of their mutational status), as it delays surgery in case of malignancy. Moreover, it is unknown whether RFA might promote residual tumor progression or neoplastic progression of Thy3 lesions. Nevertheless, here we show for the first time that one session of RFA does not affect subsequent thyroid surgery and/or histological diagnosis.

  7. Aggressive tumor recurrence after radiofrequency ablation for hepatocellular carcinoma.

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    Kang, Tae Wook; Lim, Hyo Keun; Cha, Dong Ik

    2017-03-01

    Image-guided radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is an evolving and growing treatment option for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and hepatic metastasis. RFA offers significant advantages as it is less invasive than surgery and carries a low risk of major complications. However, serious complications, including aggressive tumor recurrence, may be observed during follow-up, and recently, mechanical or thermal damage during RFA has been proposed to be one of the causes of this kind of recurrence. Although the exact mechanism of this still remains unclear, physicians should be familiar with the imaging features of aggressive tumor recurrence after RFA for HCC and its risk factors. In addition, in order to prevent or minimize this newly recognized tumor recurrence, a modified RFA technique, combined RFA treatments with transarterial chemoembolization, and cryoablation can be used as alternative treatments. Ultimately, combining an understanding of this potential complication of RFA with an understanding of the possible risk factors for aggressive tumor recurrence and choosing alternative treatments are crucial to optimize clinical outcomes in each patient with HCC.

  8. Aggressive tumor recurrence after radiofrequency ablation for hepatocellular carcinoma

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    Kang, Tae Wook; Lim, Hyo Keun; Cha, Dong Ik

    2017-01-01

    Image-guided radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is an evolving and growing treatment option for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and hepatic metastasis. RFA offers significant advantages as it is less invasive than surgery and carries a low risk of major complications. However, serious complications, including aggressive tumor recurrence, may be observed during follow-up, and recently, mechanical or thermal damage during RFA has been proposed to be one of the causes of this kind of recurrence. Although the exact mechanism of this still remains unclear, physicians should be familiar with the imaging features of aggressive tumor recurrence after RFA for HCC and its risk factors. In addition, in order to prevent or minimize this newly recognized tumor recurrence, a modified RFA technique, combined RFA treatments with transarterial chemoembolization, and cryoablation can be used as alternative treatments. Ultimately, combining an understanding of this potential complication of RFA with an understanding of the possible risk factors for aggressive tumor recurrence and choosing alternative treatments are crucial to optimize clinical outcomes in each patient with HCC. PMID:28349677

  9. Analysis and analytical characterization of bioheat transfer during radiofrequency ablation.

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    Wang, Keyong; Tavakkoli, Fatemeh; Wang, Shujuan; Vafai, Kambiz

    2015-04-13

    Understanding thermal transport and temperature distribution within biological organs is important for therapeutic aspects related to hyperthermia treatments such as radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Unlike surface heating, the RFA treatment volumetrically heats up the biological media using a heating probe which provides the input energy. In this situation, the shape of the affected region is annular, which is described by an axisymmetric geometry. To better understand the temperature responses of the living tissues subject to RFA, comprehensive characteristics of bioheat transport through the annular biological medium is presented under local thermal non-equilibrium (LTNE) condition. Following the operational features of the RFA treatment, based on the porous media theory, analytical solutions have been derived for the blood and tissue temperature distributions as well as an overall heat exchange correlation in cylindrical coordinates. Our analytical results have been validated against three limiting cases which exist in the literature. The effects of various physiological parameters, such as metabolic heat generation, volume fraction of the vascular space, ratio of the effective blood to tissue conductivities, different biological media and the rate of heat exchange between the lumen and the tissue are investigated. Solutions developed in this study are valuable for thermal therapy planning of RFA. A criterion is also established to link deep heating protocol to surface heating. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Thermal modeling of lesion growth with radiofrequency ablation devices

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    Chang, Isaac A; Nguyen, Uyen D

    2004-01-01

    Background Temperature is a frequently used parameter to describe the predicted size of lesions computed by computational models. In many cases, however, temperature correlates poorly with lesion size. Although many studies have been conducted to characterize the relationship between time-temperature exposure of tissue heating to cell damage, to date these relationships have not been employed in a finite element model. Methods We present an axisymmetric two-dimensional finite element model that calculates cell damage in tissues and compare lesion sizes using common tissue damage and iso-temperature contour definitions. The model accounts for both temperature-dependent changes in the electrical conductivity of tissue as well as tissue damage-dependent changes in local tissue perfusion. The data is validated using excised porcine liver tissues. Results The data demonstrate the size of thermal lesions is grossly overestimated when calculated using traditional temperature isocontours of 42°C and 47°C. The computational model results predicted lesion dimensions that were within 5% of the experimental measurements. Conclusion When modeling radiofrequency ablation problems, temperature isotherms may not be representative of actual tissue damage patterns. PMID:15298708

  11. PET guidance for liver radiofrequency ablation: an evaluation

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    Lei, Peng; Dandekar, Omkar; Mahmoud, Faaiza; Widlus, David; Malloy, Patrick; Shekhar, Raj

    2007-03-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is emerging as the primary mode of treatment of unresectable malignant liver tumors. With current intraoperative imaging modalities, quick, precise, and complete localization of lesions remains a challenge for liver RFA. Fusion of intraoperative CT and preoperative PET images, which relies on PET and CT registration, can produce a new image with complementary metabolic and anatomic data and thus greatly improve the targeting accuracy. Unlike neurological images, alignment of abdominal images by combined PET/CT scanner is prone to errors as a result of large nonrigid misalignment in abdominal images. Our use of a normalized mutual information-based 3D nonrigid registration technique has proven powerful for whole-body PET and CT registration. We demonstrate here that this technique is capable of acceptable abdominal PET and CT registration as well. In five clinical cases, both qualitative and quantitative validation showed that the registration is robust and accurate. Quantitative accuracy was evaluated by comparison between the result from the algorithm and clinical experts. The accuracy of registration is much less than the allowable margin in liver RFA. Study findings show the technique's potential to enable the augmentation of intraoperative CT with preoperative PET to reduce procedure time, avoid repeating procedures, provide clinicians with complementary functional/anatomic maps, avoid omitting dispersed small lesions, and improve the accuracy of tumor targeting in liver RFA.

  12. Surgical and Pathological Changes after Radiofrequency Ablation of Thyroid Nodules

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    Dobrinja, Chiara; Bernardi, Stella; Fabris, Bruno; Eramo, Rita; Makovac, Petra; Bazzocchi, Gabriele; Piscopello, Lanfranco; Barro, Enrica; de Manzini, Nicolò; Bonazza, Deborah; Pinamonti, Maurizio; Zanconati, Fabrizio; Stacul, Fulvio

    2015-01-01

    Background. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has been recently advocated as an effective technique for the treatment of symptomatic benign thyroid nodules. It is not known to what extent it may affect any subsequent thyroid surgery and/or histological diagnosis. Materials and Methods. RFA was performed on 64 symptomatic Thy2 nodules (benign nodules) and 6 symptomatic Thy3 nodules (follicular lesions/follicular neoplasms). Two Thy3 nodules regrew after the procedure, and these patients accepted to undergo a total thyroidectomy. Here we present how RFA has affected the operation and the final pathological features of the surgically removed nodules. Results and Conclusions. RFA is effective for the treatment of Thy2 nodules, but it should not be recommended as first-line therapy for the treatment of Thy3 nodules (irrespective of their mutational status), as it delays surgery in case of malignancy. Moreover, it is unknown whether RFA might promote residual tumor progression or neoplastic progression of Thy3 lesions. Nevertheless, here we show for the first time that one session of RFA does not affect subsequent thyroid surgery and/or histological diagnosis. PMID:26265914

  13. Percutaneous treatment of bone tumors by radiofrequency thermal ablation.

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    Ruiz Santiago, Fernando; Castellano García, María del Mar; Guzmán Álvarez, Luis; Martínez Montes, Jose Luis; Ruiz García, Manuel; Tristán Fernández, Juan Miguel

    2011-01-01

    We present our experience of the treatment of bone tumors with radiofrequency thermal ablation (RFTA). Over the past 4 years, we have treated 26 cases (22 benign and 4 malignant) using CT-guided RFTA. RFTA was the sole treatment in 19 cases and was combined with percutaneous cementation during the same session in the remaining seven cases. Our approach to the tumors was simplified, using a single point of entrance for both RFTA and percutaneous osteoplasty. In the benign cases, clinical success was defined as resolution of pain within 1 month of the procedure and no recurrence during the follow-up period. It was achieved in 19 out of the 21 patients in which curative treatment was attempted. The two non-resolved cases were a patient with osteoid osteoma who developed a symptomatic bone infarct after a symptom-free period of 2 months and another with femoral diaphysis osteoblastoma who suffered a pathological fracture after 8 months without symptoms. The procedure was considered clinically successful in the five cases (4 malign and 1 benign) in which palliative treatment was attempted, because there was a mean (±SD) reduction in visual analogue scale (VAS) pain score from 9.0±0.4 before the procedure to <4 during the follow-up period.

  14. Radiofrequency Ablation of Subpleural Lung Malignancy: Reduced Pain Using an Artificially Created Pneumothorax

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    Lee, Edward W. Suh, Robert D.; Zeidler, Michelle R.; Tsai, Irene S.; Cameron, Robert B.; Abtin, Fereidoun G.; Goldin, Jonathan G.

    2009-07-15

    One of the main issues with radiofrequency (RF) ablation of the subpleural lung malignancy is pain management during and after RF ablation. In this article, we present a case that utilized a technique to decrease the pain associated with RF ablation of a malignancy located within the subpleural lung. Under CT guidance, we created an artificial pneumothorax prior to the RF ablation, which resulted in minimizing the pain usually experienced during and after the procedure. It also decreased the amount of pain medications usually used in patients undergoing RF ablation of a subpleural lung lesion.

  15. Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation ablation: Achieving permanent pulmonary vein isolation by point-by-point radiofrequency lesions

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    Pedrote, Alonso; Acosta, Juan; Jáuregui-Garrido, Beatriz; Frutos-López, Manuel; Arana-Rueda, Eduardo

    2017-01-01

    Pulmonary vein isolation by point-by-point radiofrequency catheter ablation constitutes the cornerstone of catheter ablation strategies for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. However, despite advances in pulmonary vein isolation ablation strategies, long-term success rates after ablation remain suboptimal, which highlights the need to develop techniques to achieve more durable lesions. Strategies proposed to improve the durability of pulmonary vein isolation can be divided into two groups: Those addressed to improving the quality of the lesion and those that optimize the detection of acute PV reconnection during the ablation procedure. This manuscript reviews the role and potential benefits of these techniques according to current clinical evidence. PMID:28400919

  16. Variation of tumoral marker after radiofrequency ablation of pancreatic adenocarcinoma

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    Barbi, Emilio; Girelli, Roberto; Tinazzi Martini, Paolo; De Robertis, Riccardo; Ciaravino, Valentina; Salvia, Roberto; Butturini, Giovanni; Frigerio, Isabella; Milazzo, Teresa; Crosara, Stefano; Paiella, Salvatore; Pederzoli, Paolo; Bassi, Claudio

    2016-01-01

    Background To evaluate the correlation between variations of CA 19.9 blood levels and the entity of necrosis at CT after radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of unresectable pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Methods In this study, from June 2010 to February 2014, patients with diagnosis of unresectable and not metastatic pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, expressing tumor marker CA 19.9, treated with RFA procedure were included. All these patients underwent RFA. CT study was performed 1 week after RFA. The dosage of CA 19.9 levels was performed 1 month after RFA. Features of necrosis at CT, as mean entity, density and necrosis percentages compared to the original lesion, were evaluated and compared by using t-test with CA 19.9 blood levels variations after RFA procedure. Results In this study were included 51 patients with diagnosis of unresectable and not metastatic pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, expressing tumor marker CA 19.9, treated with RFA procedure and with CT study and CA 19.9 available for analysis. After the procedure, CA 19.9 blood levels reduced in 24/51 (47%), remained stable in 10/51 (20%) and increased in 17/51 (33%). In patients with CA 19.9 levels reduced, the tumor marker were reduced less than 20% in 4/24 (17%) and more than 20% in 20/24 (83%); instead the tumor marker were reduced less than 30% in 8/24 (33%) and more than 30% in 16/24 (67%). At CT scan necrotic area density difference was not statistically significant. Also there was no statistically significant difference among the mean area, the mean volume and the mean ablation volume in percentage related to the treated tumor among the three different groups of patients divided depending on the CA 19.9 blood levels. But a tendency to a statistically significant difference was found in comparing the mean percentage of ablation volume between two subgroups of patients with a decrease of CA 19.9 levels with less or more than 20% reduction of tumor markers and between two subgroups with less or more than

  17. Ultra-structure changes and survivin expression in uterine fibroids after radiofrequency ablation.

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    Shu, Shan-Rong; Luo, Xin; Song, Wen-Xia; Chen, Pei-Wen

    2015-01-01

    To explore the reliability and validity of radiofrequency (RF) ablation in treating uterine fibroids. We evaluated 63 patients who underwent hysterectomy to treat multiple fibroids. Thirty patients immediately underwent abdominal hysterectomy after the fibroids were ablated under direct vision. Thirty-three patients first experienced trans-vaginal ablation with the guidance of a baseline ultrasound. We performed abdominal or trans-vaginal hysterectomy 72 h later. The tissues in the centre of the ablated lesion (group A), at the edge of the ablated lesion (group B), 1 cm away from the ablated edge (group C) and the control group were sampled. We observed ultra-structure changes by transmission electron microscopy and detected survivin expression with Western blot analysis. According to transmission electron microscopy, the ultra-structure of fibroid cells in groups A and B was damaged. However, in group C, the ultra-structure was normal. Compared with the control group, survivin expression was significantly decreased. Meanwhile survivin expression was significantly increased with the distance to the ablated centre (p < 0.05). Radiofrequency ablation caused permanent and irreversible damage to fibroid cells and decreased survivin expression, which provided reliable clinical evidence for the success of radiofrequency ablation treating uterine fibroids.

  18. Radiofrequency catheter ablation versus balloon cryoablation of atrial fibrillation: markers of myocardial damage, inflammation, and thrombogenesis.

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    Antolič, Bor; Pernat, Andrej; Cvijić, Marta; Žižek, David; Jan, Matevž; Šinkovec, Matjaž

    2016-07-01

    Evidence from animal and human studies suggests that cryoablation might be associated with a lesser inflammatory response and activation of coagulation compared with radiofrequency ablation. The study was aimed at comparing the effect of cryoballoon and radiofrequency catheter ablation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation on markers of myocardial damage, inflammation, and activation of coagulation. Forty-one patients received either cryoballoon (n = 23) or radiofrequency (n = 18) ablation of atrial fibrillation. We measured troponin I, high-sensitivity CRP, and interleukin 6 at baseline from the cubital vein, and from the right and left atrium before and after ablation, and from the cubital vein the following day. Prothrombin fragments 1 + 2, soluble P‑selectin, and D‑dimer were measured before and after ablation from both atria. We observed higher troponin I release in the cryoballoon than in the radiofrequency group (7.01 mcg/l (interquartile range [IQR]: 5.30-9.09) vs 2.32 mcg/l (IQR: 1.45-2.98), p < 0.001). The levels of inflammatory markers (high-sensitivity CRP and interleukin 6) in the two groups were comparable, as were the levels of markers of coagulation activation. Procedure duration, fluoroscopy times, and mid-term success (23 months, IQR 7-32) of the two groups were also comparable. Cryoballoon ablation of atrial fibrillation causes more significant myocardial damage, that is, more extensive ablation lesions, compared with radiofrequency catheter ablation. However, no major differences between these two ablation techniques with regard to the inflammatory response and activation of the coagulation system were observed.

  19. Thermal Ablation of Colorectal Lung Metastases: Retrospective Comparison Among Laser-Induced Thermotherapy, Radiofrequency Ablation, and Microwave Ablation.

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    Vogl, Thomas J; Eckert, Romina; Naguib, Nagy N N; Beeres, Martin; Gruber-Rouh, Tatjana; Nour-Eldin, Nour-Eldin A

    2016-12-01

    The purpose of this study is to retrospectively evaluate local tumor control, time to tumor progression, and survival rates among patients with lung metastatic colorectal cancer who have undergone ablation therapy performed using laser-induced thermotherapy (LITT), radiofrequency ablation (RFA), or microwave ablation (MWA). Data for this retrospective study were collected from 231 CT-guided ablation sessions performed for 109 patients (71 men and 38 women; mean [± SD] age, 68.6 ± 11.2 years; range, 34-94 years) from May 2000 to May 2014. Twenty-one patients underwent LITT (31 ablations), 41 patients underwent RFA (75 ablations), and 47 patients underwent MWA (125 ablations). CT scans were acquired 24 hours after each therapy session and at follow-up visits occurring at 3, 6, 12, 18, and 24 months after ablation. Survival rates were calculated from the time of the first ablation session, with the use of Kaplan-Meier and log-rank tests. Changes in the volume of the ablated lesions were measured using the Kruskal-Wallis method. Local tumor control was achieved in 17 of 25 lesions (68.0%) treated with LITT, 45 of 65 lesions (69.2%) treated with RFA, and 91 of 103 lesions (88.3%) treated with MWA. Statistically significant differences were noted when MWA was compared with LITT at 18 months after ablation (p = 0.01) and when MWA was compared with RFA at 6 months (p = 0.004) and 18 months (p = 0.01) after ablation. The overall median time to local tumor progression was 7.6 months. The median time to local tumor progression was 10.4 months for lesions treated with LITT, 7.2 months for lesions treated with RFA, and 7.5 months for lesions treated with MWA, with no statistically significant difference noted. New pulmonary metastases developed in 47.6% of patients treated with LITT, in 51.2% of patients treated with RFA, and in 53.2% of patients treated with MWA. According to the Kaplan-Meier test, median survival was 22.1 months for patients who underwent LITT, 24.2 months

  20. Evaluation of the current radiofrequency ablation systems using axiomatic design theory.

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    Zhang, Bing; Moser, Michael A J; Luo, Yigang; Zhang, Edwin M; Zhang, Wenjun

    2014-04-01

    This article evaluates current radiofrequency ablation systems using axiomatic design theory. Due to its minimally invasive procedure, short-time hospital stay, low cost, and tumour metastasis treatment, the radiofrequency ablation technique has been playing an important role in tumour treatment in recent decades. Although the radiofrequency ablation technique has many advantages, some issues still need to be addressed. Among these issues, the two most important are as follows: (1) the size of tumours to be removed (has to be larger than 3 cm in diameter) and (2) cleanness of the removal. Many device solutions have been proposed to address the two issues. However, there is a lack of knowledge regarding the systematic evaluation of these solutions. This article evaluates these systems in terms of their solution principles (or simply called conceptual design in general product design theory) using a design theory called axiomatic design theory. In addition, with the axiomatic design theory, a better conceptual design in terms of its feasibility to cope with incomplete target tissue necrosis from the large size of tumours has been found. The detailed analysis and simulation of the new conceptual design are conducted using finite element approach. The results in this article are proved by the information of animal experiments and clinical practices obtained from the literature. This study thus contributes to the current knowledge to further developments in radiofrequency ablation systems and procedure guidelines for physicians to perform the radiofrequency ablation operation more effectively.

  1. Atorvastatin can ameliorate left atrial stunning induced by radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation.

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    Xie, Ruiqin; Yang, Yingtao; Cui, Wei; Yin, Hongning; Zheng, Hongmei; Zhang, Jidong; You, Ling

    2017-09-01

    The objective of this study was to study the functional changes of the left atrium after radiofrequency ablation treatment for atrial fibrillation and the therapeutic effect of atorvastatin. Fifty-eight patients undergoing radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation were randomly divided into non-atorvastatin group and atorvastatin group. Patients in the atorvastatin group were treated with atorvastatin 20 mg p.o. per night in addition to the conventional treatment of atrial fibrillation; patients in the non-atorvastatin group received conventional treatment of atrial fibrillation only. Echocardiography was performed before radiofrequency ablation operation and 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, and 4 weeks after operation. Two-dimensional ultrasound speckle tracking imaging system was used to measure the structural indexes of the left atrium. Results indicated that there was no significant change for indexes representing the structural status of the left atrium within a month after radiofrequency ablation (P > 0.05); however, there were significant changes for indexes representing the functional status of the left atrium. There were also significant changes in indexes reflecting left atrial strain status: the S and SRs of atorvastatin group were higher than those of non-atorvastatin group (P < 0.05). In summary, atorvastatin could improve left atrial function and shorten the duration of atrial stunning after radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation.

  2. Improvements of deep vein reflux following radiofrequency ablation for saphenous vein incompetence.

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    Kim, Suh Min; Jung, In Mok; Chung, Jung Kee

    2017-02-01

    Objectives The aim of this study was to describe the changes of deep vein reflux after radiofrequency ablation for great saphenous vein incompetence. Method The data on 139 limbs which were treated with radiofrequency ablation for great saphenous vein incompetence were prospectively collected and reviewed. Results Deep vein reflux was present in 43 of 139 limbs (30.9%). There were no significant differences in the rate of successful closure, the incidence of procedure-related complications, and the improvements of symptoms and quality of life between the limbs with or without deep vein reflux. With a mean follow-up of 5.9 months, the peak reflux velocity and duration of reflux were improved in all limbs with deep vein reflux and it was completely corrected in 13 limbs (30.2%) after radiofrequency ablation. Conclusions The presence of deep vein reflux does not affect the treatment outcomes of radiofrequency ablation for great saphenous vein incompetence and is improved in all patients. Deep vein reflux is not a barrier to performing radiofrequency ablation.

  3. Utility of intercostal nerve conventional thermal radiofrequency ablations in the injured worker after blunt trauma.

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    Engel, Andrew J

    2012-01-01

    Intercostal nerve blocks offer short-term therapeutic relief and serve as a diagnostic test for intercostal neuralgia. This original case report demonstrates the efficacy of radiofrequency ablations for long-term pain relief of intercostal neuralgia. To date, there have been no studies that demonstrate the efficacy of thermal conventional intercostal nerve radiofrequency ablations for intercostal neuralgia. Describe the use of conventional thermal radiofrequency ablations of the intercostal nerves to treat blunt chest wall trauma. Case report. Clinical practice. Six patients suffering from work-related injuries to the chest wall whose treatment focused on conventional thermal radiofrequency ablations of the intercostal nerves. Four of the 6 patients were pain free by their final visit. The remaining 2 patients experienced pain relief until one began wearing a brace after an L5-S1 fusion; the other required repeat treatment after 5.5 months. Case series. There was limited follow-up as patients were either discharged after receiving potentially curative care or were lost to follow-up. Following conventional thermal radiofrequency ablations of the intercostal nerves, 5 of the 6 patients experienced either long-term pain relief or required no additional care. The treatment has potential efficacy for injuries, including rib fractures or intercostal neuralgia, stemming from blunt trauma to the chest wall. In addition, there may be a potential for this treatment to help patients suffering from postthoracotomy pain.

  4. Radiofrequency versus microwave ablation for treatment of the lung tumours: LUMIRA (lung microwave radiofrequency) randomized trial.

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    Macchi, M; Belfiore, M P; Floridi, C; Serra, N; Belfiore, G; Carmignani, L; Grasso, R F; Mazza, E; Pusceddu, C; Brunese, L; Carrafiello, G

    2017-05-01

    The LUMIRA trial evaluated the effectiveness of radiofrequency (RFA) and microwave ablation (MWA) in lung tumours ablation and defining more precisely their fields of application. It is a controlled prospective multi-centre random trial with 1:1 randomization. Fifty-two patients in stage IV disease (15 females and 37 males, mean age 69 y.o., range 40-87) were included. We randomized the patients in two different subgroups: MWA group and RFA group. For each group, we evaluated the technical and clinical success, the overall survival and complication rate. Inter-group difference was compared using Chi-square test or Fisher's exact test for categorical variables and one-way ANOVA test for continuous variables. For RFA group, there was a significant reduction in tumour size only between 6 and 12 months (p value = 0.0014). For MWA group, there was a significant reduction in tumour size between 6 and 12 months (p value = 0.0003) and between pre-therapy and 12 months (p value = 0.0215). There were not significant differences between the two groups in terms of survival time (p value = 0.883), while the pain level in MWA group was significantly less than in RFA group (1.79 < 3.25, p value = 0.0043). In conclusion, our trial confirms RFA and MWA are both excellent choices in terms of efficacy and safety in lung tumour treatments. However, when compared to RFA therapy, MWA produced a less intraprocedural pain and a significant reduction in tumour mass.

  5. [Radiofrequency ablation in tachycardias due to accessory pathways in a pediatric population].

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    Iturralde, P; Saucedo, J; Colín, L; Kershenovich, S; Robledo, R; Garrido, A; González-Hermosillo, J A; Buendía, A

    1994-01-01

    Catheter ablation of accessory atrioventricular pathways using radiofrequency current was attempted in 61 children and young adolescents less than 18 years of age who were referred for treatment of symptomatic supraventricular tachycardia. Thirty-three children had the Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and 30 tachyarrhythmias related to an accessory pathway conducting only in retrograde fashion. Ablation of left sided accessory pathways was usually attempted utilizing an arterial approach to the annulus of the mitral valve, only in one case we used the transseptal approach, while the venous route to the atrial aspect of the tricuspid valvular annulus was chosen for right sided accessory connections. Ablation of 55 of 63 accessory connections was achieved (87% success) with a range of 1 to 42 applications of radiofrequency current. The sessions were completed within 19 to 180 minutes, and we used within 16 to 45 watts of radiofrequency current. Two patients had complications as a result of their ablation procedure. One patient had complete heart block but did not require pacemaker implantation, and other one had mitral regurgitation. A second session was necessary in three patients, two of three accessory pathways were ablated, giving a success rate of 90%. During a one year period of follow-up, we had 4 recurrences (7.2%). Catheter ablation using radiofrequency current is a highly effective and safe curative approach for treating young patients with supraventricular tachycardia mediated by accessory pathways.

  6. Laparoscopic Radiofrequency Fibroid Ablation: Phase II and Phase III Results

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    Pemueller, Rodolfo Robles; Garza Leal, José Gerardo; Abbott, Karen R.; Falls, Janice L.; Macer, James

    2014-01-01

    Background and Objectives: To review phase II and phase III treatments of symptomatic uterine fibroids (myomas) using laparoscopic radiofrequency volumetric thermal ablation (RFVTA). Methods: We performed a retrospective, multicenter clinical analysis of 206 consecutive cases of ultrasound-guided laparoscopic RFVTA of symptomatic myomas conducted on an outpatient basis under two phase II studies at 2 sites (n = 69) and one phase III study at 11 sites (n = 137). Descriptive and exploratory, general trend, and matched-pair analyses were applied. Results: From baseline to 12 months in the phase II study, the mean transformed symptom severity scores improved from 53.9 to 8.8 (P < .001) (n = 57), health-related quality-of-life scores improved from 48.5 to 92.0 (P < .001) (n = 57), and mean uterine volume decreased from 204.4 cm3 to 151.4 cm3 (P = .008) (n = 58). Patients missed a median of 4 days of work (range, 2–10 days). The rate of possible device-related adverse events was 1.4% (1 of 69). In the phase III study, approximately 98% of patients were assessed at 12 months, and their transformed symptom severity scores, health-related quality-of-life scores, mean decrease in uterine volume, and mean menstrual bleeding reduction were also significant. Patients in phase III missed a median of 5 days of work (range, 1–29 days). The rate of periprocedural device-related adverse events was 3.5% (5 of 137). Despite the enrollment requirement for patients in both phases to have completed childbearing, 4 pregnancies occurred within the first year after treatment. Conclusions: RFVTA does not require any uterine incisions and provides a uterine-sparing procedure with rapid recovery, significant reduction in uterine size, significant reduction or elimination of myoma symptoms, and significant improvement in quality of life. PMID:24960480

  7. Radiofrequency catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia in a military parachuter.

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    Ozturk, Cengiz; Cakmak, Tolga; Aparci, Mustafa; Metin, Suleyman; Yildirim, Ali Osman

    2013-10-01

    Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) presenting as isolated complexes are insignificant, but if they present as salvos they are considered indicators of high risk for potentially fatal arrhythmias. We present the case of a 39-yr-old male military parachuter with PVCs and ventricular tachycardia that were incidentally detected on ECG and treated with radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA). He had no significant past medical history. Physical examination and biochemical tests were normal. Transthoracic echocardiography showed no structural heart disease. Due to frequent ventricular extrasystoles (VES) detected on his ECG, 24-h Holter monitoring was conducted and revealed VES, including 13,351 isolated PVCs, 1427 episodes of bigeminy, 397 of trigeminy, 30 couplets, and 4 salvo periods. After beta-blocker and calcium channel blocker treatment for 1 mo, his repeat 24-h Holter monitoring showed 18,414 isolated PVCs, 819 episodes of bigeminy, 181 of trigeminy, and 6 couplet VES, but no episodes of salvos. Electrophysiological studies (EPS) were performed and the baseline measurements were: basic cycle length: 890 ms; atrium His interval: 78 ms; and ventricular His interval: 54 ms. VES were found to orginate from the right ventricular outflow tract and were terminated by RFCA. Medical treatment was stopped. Repeat Holter showed no VES. The parachuter was qualified for full duties. As the patient is an aircrew member and further usage of antiarrhythmic agents will interfere with his flying status, instead of initiating a drug therapy again, we performed EPS and RFCA as an effective and dependable method in order to treat and to determine his fitness.

  8. Rapid progression of hepatocellular carcinoma after Radiofrequency Ablation

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    Ruzzenente, Andrea; de Manzoni, Giovanni; Molfetta, Matteo; Pachera, Silvia; Genco, Bruno; Donataccio, Matteo; Guglielmi, Alfredo

    2004-01-01

    AIM: To report the results of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in cirrhotic patients and to describe the treatment related complications (mainly the rapid intrahepatic neoplastic progression). METHODS: Eighty-seven consecutive cirrhotic patients with 104 HCC (mean diameter 3.9 cm, 1.3 SD) were submitted to RFA between January 1998 and June 2003. In all cases RFA was performed with percutaneous approach under ultrasound guidance using expandable electrode needles. Treatment efficacy (necrosis and recurrence) was estimated with dual phase computed tomography (CT) and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) level. RESULTS: Complete necrosis rate after single or multiple treatment was 100%, 87.7% and 57.1% in HCC smaller than 3 cm, between 3 and 5 cm and larger than 5 cm respectively (P = 0.02). Seventeen lesions of 88(19.3%) developed local recurrence after complete necrosis during a mean follow up of 19.2 mo. There were no treatment-related deaths in 130 procedures and major complications occurred in 8 patients (6.1 %). In 4 patients, although complete local necrosis was achieved, we observed rapid intrahepatic neoplastic progression after treatment. Risk factors for rapid neoplastic progression were high preoperative AFP values and location of the tumor near segmental portal branches. CONCLUSION: RFA is an effective treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma smaller than 5 cm with complete necrosis in more than 80% of lesions. Patients with elevated AFP levels and tumors located near the main portal branch are at risk for rapid neoplastic progression after RFA. Further studies are necessary to evaluate the incidence and pathogenesis of this underestimated complication. PMID:15069713

  9. Endoscopic Resection and Radiofrequency Ablation for Early Esophageal Neoplasia

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    Belghazi, Kamar; Bergman, Jacques; Pouw, Roos E.

    2016-01-01

    Background In the last few decades, endoscopic treatment of early neoplastic lesions in the esophagus has established itself as a valid and less invasive alternative to surgical resection. Endoscopic resection (ER) is the cornerstone of endoscopic therapy. Next to the curative potential of ER, by removing neoplastic lesions, ER may also serve as a diagnostic tool. The relatively large tissue specimens obtained with ER enable accurate histological staging of a lesion, allowing for optimal decision-making for further patient management. ER was pioneered in Japan, mainly for the resection of gastric lesions and squamous esophageal neoplasia, and also Western countries have been increasingly implementing ER in the treatment of early gastroesophageal neoplasia, mostly associated with Barrett's esophagus (BE). In BE, however, there is still a risk of metachronous lesions in the remainder of the Barrett's after focal ER. Additional treatment of all Barrett's mucosa is therefore advised. Currently, the most effective method for this is by using radiofrequency ablation (RFA). This review will provide an overview of indications for ER and RFA. Key Messages and Conclusions Endoscopic management of early esophageal neoplasia is a safe and valid alternative to surgery and is nowadays the treatment of choice. ER is the mainstay of endoscopic management of early esophageal neoplasia since it allows for removal of neoplastic lesions and provides a large tissue specimen for histological evaluation. In case of early neoplasia in BE, focal ER should be complemented by eradication of the remaining Barrett's mucosa. RFA has proven to be a safe and effective modality to achieve complete eradication of Barrett's mucosa. PMID:27333327

  10. Single-Session Radiofrequency Ablation of Bilateral Lung Metastases

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    Palussiere, Jean Gomez, Fernando; Cannella, Matthieu; Ferron, Stephane; Descat, Edouard; Fonck, Marianne; Brouste, Veronique; Avril, Antoine

    2012-08-15

    Purpose: This retrospective study examined the feasibility and efficacy of bilateral lung radiofrequency ablation (RFA) performed in a single session. Methods: From 2002-2009, patients with bilateral lung metastases were treated by RFA, where possible in a single session under general anesthesia with CT guidance. The second lung was punctured only if no complications occurred after treatment of the first lung. Five lung metastases maximum per patient were treated by RFA and prospectively followed. The primary endpoint was the evaluation of acute and delayed complications. Secondary endpoints were calculation of hospitalization duration, local efficacy, median survival, and median time to tumor progression. Local efficacy was evaluated on CT or positron emission tomography (PET) CT. Results: Sixty-seven patients were treated for bilateral lung metastases with RFA (mean age, 62 years). Single-session treatment was not possible in 40 due to severe pneumothoraces (n = 24), bilateral pleural contact (n = 14), and operational exclusions (n = 2). Twenty-seven (41%) received single-session RFA of lesions in both lungs for 66 metastases overall. Fourteen unilateral and four bilateral pneumothoraces occurred (18 overall, 66.7%). Unilateral (n = 13) and bilateral (n = 2) chest tube drainage was required. Median hospitalization was 3 (range, 2-8) days. Median survival was 26 months (95% confidence interval (CI), 19-33). Four recurrences on RFA sites were observed (4 patients). Median time to tumor progression was 9.5 months (95% CI, 4.2-23.5). Conclusions: Although performing single-session bilateral lung RFA is not always possible due to pneumothoraces after RFA of first lung, when it is performed, this technique is safe and effective.

  11. Preoperative radiofrequency ablation in painful osteolytic long bone metastases.

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    Di Francesco, Alexander; Flamini, Stefano; Zugaro, Luigi; Zoccali, Carmine

    2012-08-01

    This study aimed to determine whether Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) followed by prophylactic internal fixation produces better palliation in terms of pain and reduces the need for blood transfusion more than radiotherapy and surgical stabilization (RT-SS). Patients with solitary long bone metastases and a pain score of 5 or more on the VAS scale were selected. Fifteen patients were treated with RFA and surgical stabilization (RFA-SS) and were compared with a matched group (15 subjects) treated by radiotherapy and surgical stabilization (RT-SS). A complete response in terms of pain relief at 12 weeks was documented in 20% (3/15) and 533% (8/15) of the subjects treated by RT-SS or RFA-SS, respectively (p = 0.027). The overall response rate at 12 weeks was 93.3% (14 patients) in the group treated by RFA-SS and 59.9% (9 patients) in the group treated by RT-SS (p = 0.048). Although recurrent pain was documented more frequently after RT-SS (26.6%) than after RFA-SS (6.7%) the difference did not reach statistical significance. The morbidity related to RT-SS did not significantly differ when the treatment was associated with RFA. We observed a reduction in blood transfusion, as 3 patients in the RT-SS group required a blood transfusion, versus none in the RFA-SS group. Our results suggest that RFA-SS is safe and is more effective than RT-SS; furthermore, RFA may become an option for patients with metastases of the long bones to prevent tumour dissemination and reduce intraoperative blood loss. The findings described here should serve as a framework around which to design future clinical trials.

  12. Local ablative therapies in HCC: percutaneous ethanol injection and radiofrequency ablation.

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    Mahnken, Andreas H; Bruners, Philipp; Günther, Rolf W

    2009-01-01

    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common primary hepatic malignancy. Surgery and transarterial chemoembolization have for many years dominated the local treatment of HCC. The introduction of image-guided percutaneous techniques for local tumor ablation changed the treatment of liver cancer. Percutaneous ethanol injection (PEI) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) have both successfully been employed in the treatment of HCC. In current guidelines both techniques are recommended as standard therapy in limited liver cancer. From the current literature both techniques have to be considered safe and effective in the treatment of HCC. Several randomized trials showed RFA to be superior to PEI for treating small HCC. Moreover, several studies analyzed survival after PEI or RFA in comparison with surgery, proving interventional therapy to be a serious competitor of resection. With introduction of combined interventional therapies including transarterial chemoembolization, PEI and RFA survival was improved further. In this article, we provide an insight into the technical basics of PEI and RFA and review the clinical results and indications of these interventional techniques in the treatment of HCC.

  13. [Biliary-duodenal fistula following radiofrequency ablation therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma].

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    Park, Seong Gill; Park, Sung Jae; Koo, Ho Suk; Park, Sang Won; Park, Eun Tack; Lee, Youn Jae; Lee, Sang Hyuk; Seol, Sang Young

    2008-03-01

    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common malignant neoplasms occurring worldwide. Surgical resection currently provides the best chance of long-term tumor free survival, but the most HCCs are not candidates for surgical excision due to poor liver function or poor medical background. Numerous noninvasive alternatives to surgical resection have been introduced to treat liver cancers. Radiofrequency thermal ablation has begun to receive much attention as an effective and minimally invasive technique for the local control of HCC. The biliary system related complications after radiofrequency ablation has rarely been reported. We report a case of biliary-duodenal fistula with liver abscess after radiofrequency ablation for HCC. The case was treated by abscess drainage and antibiotics.

  14. Radiofrequency energy ablation in a child with an implanted vagus nerve stimulator.

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    Radolec, Mackenzy M; Beerman, Lee B; Arora, Gaurav

    2015-10-01

    An 8-year-old girl with supraventricular tachycardia and an implanted vagus nerve stimulator underwent radiofrequency ablation of her supraventricular tachycardia substrate. No known literature exists addressing the potential interaction of these two technologies, although there are reported cases of interaction between radiofrequency and other implanted stimulating devices such as pacemakers. The procedure was performed successfully without observed interaction, and the patient's family reported no significant change in frequency of seizure control.

  15. Effects of Anesthetic Fluid Injectates on Lesion Sizes in Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation.

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    Wang, Haibin; Helm, Eric R; Yung, Herbie

    2017-02-01

    Nonrandomized trial. This is an ex vivo study using pork chops to simulate human vertebra to determine the effects of various anesthetic fluids injectates and concentrations on lesion size and shape created when using cooled radiofrequency ablation. Secondary objective is to determine the effects of various time durations of applied lesion on lesion size created. Our final objective is to determine the effects of fluid injectates on tissue temperature and impedance. Radiofrequency neurotomy is a therapeutic procedure involving ablation of sensory afferent nerves to the vertebral zygapophyseal joints. Larger lesions increase the likelihood the target nerve is ablated. Before cooled radiofrequency ablation, tissue was injected with either 0.9% normal saline, 1% lidocaine, 2% lidocaine, 0.25% bupivacaine, 0.5% bupivacaine, 0.75% bupivacaine, 0.2% ropivacaine, 0.5% ropivacaine, or 1% ropivacaine. Duration of cooled radiofrequency was either 45, 90, or 150 seconds. There was no significant difference in the size of the lesion created when using different injectates and concentrations. There was no significant difference in the size of the lesion created when applying a 90 seconds duration lesion compared with a 150 seconds duration lesion. Applying a 90 seconds duration lesion can be considered in clinical use for cooled radiofrequency ablation. The use of an injectate did not significantly alter the size or desired spherical shape of the lesion created, did not significantly alter the time required to create the lesion, and did not significantly lower the temperature threshold. The study is limited by the use of ex vivo tissue which does not account for the effects of tissue perfusion. The use of an injectate before cooled radiofrequency ablation can be made at the interventionalist's discretion. N/A.

  16. ClariVein® – Early results from a large single-centre series of mechanochemical endovenous ablation for varicose veins

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    Kam, JW; Gaunt, ME

    2016-01-01

    Objectives This study assessed the effectiveness and patient experience of the ClariVein® endovenous occlusion catheter for varicose veins from a large single-centre series in the UK. Methods A total of 300 patients (371 legs) underwent ClariVein® treatment for their varicose veins; 184 for great saphenous vein (GSV) incompetence, 62 bilateral GSV, 23 short saphenous vein (SSV), 6 bilateral SSV and 25 combined unilateral great saphenous vein and SSV. Patients were reviewed at an interval of two months post procedure and underwent Duplex ultrasound assessment. Postoperative complications were recorded along with patient satisfaction. Results All 393 procedures were completed successfully under local anaesthetic. Complete occlusion of the treated vein was initially achieved in all the patients, but at eight weeks’ follow-up, there was only partial obliteration in 13/393 (3.3%) veins. These were all successfully treated with ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy. Procedures were well tolerated with a mean pain score of 0.8 (0–10). No significant complications were reported. Conclusions ClariVein® can be used to ablate long and short saphenous varicose veins on a walk-in–walk-out basis. Bilateral procedures can be successfully performed, and these are well tolerated as can multiple veins in the same leg. Early results are promising but further evaluation and longer term follow-up are required. PMID:26908638

  17. Targeted Intraspinal Radiofrequency Ablation for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.

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    Jacobson, Robert E; Granville, Michelle; Hatgis DO, Jesse

    2017-03-10

    By using a combination of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) of the lumbar spine, it is possible to distinguish between spinal stenosis caused by bone compression and specific soft tissue epidural intraspinal lesions that cause localized spinal canal stenosis and neural compression. Examples include facet cysts and yellow ligament hypertrophy. Many of these patients are elderly with medical comorbidities that make open surgery problematic. This is a study of patients with predominantly soft tissue stenosis being treated with targeted intraspinal radiofrequency (RF) heat ablation. This novel procedure is performed under local anesthesia in an outpatient setting using intra-operative imaging. Fine tip 20 gauge RF electrodes (Stryker® PA, USA) are precisely placed under radiologic guidance in the identified soft tissue causing the posterior compression of the lumbar spinal canal. After sensory and motor testing to make sure there is a safe distance of the needle tip from the nearby nerve roots to avoid any neural effect, multiple targeted lesions correlated by the MRI or CT scan are made in the fibrous and cystic soft tissue. Lesions are created using a focused 2 or 5 mm tip at 60 degrees centigrade (°C) for either 30 or 60 seconds. This heat causes sufficient shrinking of the targeted soft tissue resulting in relative reduction of the soft tissue component of the stenosis. This relative reduction in the stenosis of the spinal canal, similar to that measured with interspinous devices, provides long-term relief of symptoms, signs, and improvement of spinal motion in patients with lumbar stenosis. This report will review the spinal anatomy, and development and history of using RF in and around the nerve roots and epidural space, as it relates to lumbar stenosis. Examples of before and after MRI scans demonstrate the radiologic reduction in the size of the lesions. This soft tissue reduction correlates with patients' improvement in pain

  18. Targeted Intraspinal Radiofrequency Ablation for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

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    Jacobson, Robert E; Hatgis, DO, Jesse

    2017-01-01

    Introduction By using a combination of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) of the lumbar spine, it is possible to distinguish between spinal stenosis caused by bone compression and specific soft tissue epidural intraspinal lesions that cause localized spinal canal stenosis and neural compression. Examples include facet cysts and yellow ligament hypertrophy. Many of these patients are elderly with medical comorbidities that make open surgery problematic. Materials & Methods This is a study of patients with predominantly soft tissue stenosis being treated with targeted intraspinal radiofrequency (RF) heat ablation. This novel procedure is performed under local anesthesia in an outpatient setting using intra-operative imaging. Fine tip 20 gauge RF electrodes (Stryker® PA, USA) are precisely placed under radiologic guidance in the identified soft tissue causing the posterior compression of the lumbar spinal canal. After sensory and motor testing to make sure there is a safe distance of the needle tip from the nearby nerve roots to avoid any neural effect, multiple targeted lesions correlated by the MRI or CT scan are made in the fibrous and cystic soft tissue. Lesions are created using a focused 2 or 5 mm tip at 60 degrees centigrade (°C) for either 30 or 60 seconds. This heat causes sufficient shrinking of the targeted soft tissue resulting in relative reduction of the soft tissue component of the stenosis. This relative reduction in the stenosis of the spinal canal, similar to that measured with interspinous devices, provides long-term relief of symptoms, signs, and improvement of spinal motion in patients with lumbar stenosis. This report will review the spinal anatomy, and development and history of using RF in and around the nerve roots and epidural space, as it relates to lumbar stenosis. Examples of before and after MRI scans demonstrate the radiologic reduction in the size of the lesions. This soft tissue reduction correlates

  19. Benign thyroid nodules treatment using percutaneous laser ablation (PLA) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA).

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    Mauri, Giovanni; Cova, Luca; Monaco, Cristian Giuseppe; Sconfienza, Luca Maria; Corbetta, Sabrina; Benedini, Stefano; Ambrogi, Federico; Milani, Valentina; Baroli, Alberto; Ierace, Tiziana; Solbiati, Luigi

    2016-11-15

    To evaluate the reduction over time of benign thyroid nodules treated using percutaneous laser ablation (PLA) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) by the same equipe. Ninety patients (age 55.6 ± 14.1 years) underwent ablation for benign thyroid nodule causing compression/aesthetic dissatisfaction from 2011. Fifty-nine (age 55.8 ± 14.1 years) underwent RFA and 31 (age 55.2 ± 14.2 years) PLA, ultrasound guided. Technical success, complications, duration of ablation and treatment, energy deployed, volumetric percentage reduction at 1, 6 and 12 months were derived. A regression model for longitudinal measurements was used with random intercept and random slope. Values are expressed as mean ± standard deviation or N (%). Technical success was always obtained. No major complications occurred. Mean ablation time was 30.1 ± 13.8 vs. 13.9 ± 5.9 min (p < .0001) and mean energy deployment was 5422.3 ± 2484.5 J vs. 34 662.7 ± 15 812.3 J in PLA vs. RFA group. Mean volume reduced from 20.3 ± 16.4 ml to 13.17 ± 10.74 ml (42% ± 17% reduction) at 1st month, 8.7 ± 7.4 ml (60% ± 15% reduction) at 6th month and 7.1 ± 7.7 ml (70%% ± 16% reduction) at 12th month, in PLA group, and from 32.7 ± 19.5 ml to 17.2 ± 12.9 ml (51%±15% reduction) at 1st month, 12.8 ± 9.6 ml (64 ± 14% reduction) at 6th month and 9.9 ± 9.2 ml (74% ± 14% reduction) at 12th month in RFA group. No difference in time course of the relative volume reduction between the two techniques was found. RFA and PLA are similarly feasible, safe and effective in treating benign thyroid nodules when performed by the same equipe. RFA is faster than PLA but require significantly higher energy.

  20. Transcatheter Arterial Embolization for Tumor Seeding in the Chest Wall After Radiofrequency Ablation for Hepatocellular Carcinoma

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    Shibata, Toshiya Shibata, Toyomichi; Maetani, Yoji; Kubo, Takeshi; Nishida, Naoshi; Itoh, Kyo

    2006-06-15

    Tumor seeding in the chest wall was depicted at follow-up CT obtained 9 months after radiofrequency ablation for hepatocellular carcinoma. Transcatheter arterial embolization was successfully performed, injecting emulsion of 10 mg of epirubicin and 1 ml of iodized oil followed by gelatin sponge particles via the microcatheter placed in the right eleventh intercostal artery. The patient died of tumor growth in the liver one year after the embolization, but no progression of the tumor seeding was noted during the follow-up period. We conclude that transcatheter arterial embolization was effective for the control of tumor seeding after radiofrequency ablation for hepatocellular carcinoma.

  1. Stereotactic radiofrequency ablation for the treatment of gelastic seizures associated with hypothalamic hamartoma. Case report.

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    Parrent, A G

    1999-11-01

    The author presents the case of a patient with gelastic seizures associated with a hypothalamic hamartoma, in whom partial resection of the hamartoma followed by temporal lobectomy and orbitofrontal corticectomy failed to reduce the seizures. Subsequent stereotactic radiofrequency ablation of the hamartoma resulted in progressive improvement in the seizure disorder during a 28-month follow-up period. There is support in the literature for the concept that gelastic seizures originate directly from the hamartoma; however, direct surgical approaches to these lesions pose significant risks. It is proposed that the technique of radiofrequency ablation provides a minimally invasive, low-risk approach for the treatment of hypothalamic hamartomas.

  2. Combined MRI and Fluoroscopic Guided Radiofrequency Ablation of a Renal Tumor

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    Fotiadis, Nikolas I.; Sabharwal, Tarun; Gangi, Afshin; Adam, Andreas

    2009-01-15

    Percutaneous CT- and ultrasound-guided radiofrequency ablation of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) has been shown to have very promising medium-term results. We present a unique case of recurrent RCC after partial nephrectomy in a patient with a single kidney and impaired renal function. This tumor could not be visualized either with CT or with ultrasound. A combination of magnetic resonance imaging and fluoroscopic guidance was used, to the best of our knowledge for the first time, to ablate the tumor with radiofrequency. The patient was cancer-free and off dialysis at 30-month follow up.

  3. Radiofrequency ablation of fast ventricular tachycardia causing an ICD storm in an infant with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

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    Ergul, Yakup; Ozyilmaz, Isa; Bilici, Meki; Ozturk, Erkut; Haydin, Sertaç; Guzeltas, Alper

    2017-07-27

    An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) storm involves very frequent arrhythmia episodes and ICD shocks, and it is associated with poor short-term and long-term prognosis. Radiofrequency catheter ablation can be used as an effective rescue treatment for patients with an ICD storm. To our knowledge, this is the first report of an infant with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy presenting with an ICD storm and undergoing successful radiofrequency catheter ablation salvage treatment for the fast left posterior fascicular ventricular tachycardia. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  4. Radiographic Local Control of Spinal Metastases with Percutaneous Radiofrequency Ablation and Vertebral Augmentation.

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    Wallace, A N; Tomasian, A; Vaswani, D; Vyhmeister, R; Chang, R O; Jennings, J W

    2016-04-01

    Combination radiofrequency ablation and vertebral augmentation is an emerging minimally invasive therapy for patients with metastatic spine disease who have not responded to or have contraindications to radiation therapy. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the rate of radiographic local control of spinal metastases treated with combination radiofrequency ablation and vertebral augmentation. We retrospectively reviewed our tumor ablation database for all patients who underwent radiofrequency ablation and vertebral augmentation of spinal metastases between April 2012 and July 2014. Tumors treated in conjunction with radiation therapy were excluded. Tumor characteristics, procedural details, and complications were recorded. Posttreatment imaging was reviewed for radiographic evidence of tumor progression. Fifty-five tumors met study inclusion criteria. Radiographic local tumor control rates were 89% (41/46) at 3 months, 74% (26/35) at 6 months, and 70% (21/30) at 1 year after treatment. Clinical follow-up was available in 93% (51/55) of cases. The median duration of clinical follow-up was 34 weeks (interquartile range, 15-89 weeks), during which no complications were reported and no patients had clinical evidence of metastatic spinal cord compression at the treated levels. Combination radiofrequency ablation and vertebral augmentation appears to be an effective treatment for achieving local control of spinal metastases. A prospective clinical trial is now needed to replicate these results. © 2016 by American Journal of Neuroradiology.

  5. Effect of percutaneous renal sympathetic nerve radiofrequency ablation in patients with severe heart failure.

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    Dai, Qiming; Lu, Jing; Wang, Benwen; Ma, Genshan

    2015-01-01

    This study aimed to investigate the clinical feasibility and effects of percutaneous renal sympathetic nerve radiofrequency ablation in patients with heart failure. A total of 20 patients with heart failure were enrolled, aged from 47 to 75 years (63±10 years). They were divided into the standard therapy (n = 10), and renal nerve radiofrequency ablation groups (n = 10). There were 15 males and 5 female patients, including 8 ischemic cardiomyopathy, 8 dilated cardiomyopathy, and 8 hypertensive cardiopathy. All of the patients met the criteria of New York Heart Association classes III-IV cardiac function. Patients with diabetes and renal failure were excluded. Percutaneous renal sympathetic nerve radiofrequency ablation was performed on the renal artery wall under X-ray guidance. Serum electrolytes, neurohormones, and 24 h urine volume were recorded 24 h before and after the operation. Echocardiograms were performed to obtain left ventricular ejection fraction at baseline and 6 months. Heart rate, blood pressure, symptoms of dyspnea and edema were also monitored. After renal nerve ablation, 24 h urine volume was increased, while neurohormone levels were decreased compared with those of pre-operation and standard therapy. No obvious change in heart rate or blood pressure was recorded. Symptoms of heart failure were improved in patients after the operation. No complications were recorded in the study. Percutaneous renal sympathetic nerve radiofrequency ablation may be a feasible, safe, and effective treatment for the patients with severe congestive heart failure.

  6. Precision test apparatus for evaluating the heating pattern of radiofrequency ablation devices.

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    Chang, I; Beard, B

    2002-11-01

    Radiofrequency has established itself as a useful technique for managing cardiac arrhythmias and treating soft tissue tumors. However, despite its pervasive use, many of the biophysical principals needed to fully understand and optimize the radiofrequency ablation technique have not been explored. We have designed a test rig that is useful for studying the heat transfer mechanisms that affect the outcome of radiofrequency ablation devices. Using both solid and liquid phantom materials, which simulate body tissues and blood, the test rig is designed for systematic testing of the effects of predictable flow patterns on the temperature profiles generated within the solid phantom. The test rig consists of a custom built thermistor array, a linear test chamber, and a radiofrequency generator. We calibrate the flow of a liquid phantom material to demonstrate that predictable laminar flow profiles are generated. To demonstrate the performance of the ablation system, we present preliminary data attained using a commercially available cardiac ablation catheter. The advantages of this test system are its flexibility, its reproducibility, its precision, and its low cost. Thus, it is ideally suited for studying a variety of complex ablation problems involving multiple tissues types and complex blood flow geometries.

  7. Fill and aspirate foam sclerotherapy (FAFS): a new approach for sclerotherapy of large superficial varicosities concomitant to endovenous laser ablation of truncal vein.

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    Atasoy, M M

    2015-01-01

    To define and assess the short-term clinical feasibility of fill and aspirate foam sclerotherapy (FAFS) for treating large superficial varicose veins concomitant to endovenous laser ablation (EVLA). Twenty-seven patients who refused to have phlebectomies with great saphenous vein reflux and large superficial varicosities were included in the study. Both EVLA and FAFS were performed concomitantly. FAFS is a technique in which all or most of the bubbles and blood-foam mixture are removed from the targeted large varicose veins immediately after the foam has caused sufficient damage to the endothelial cells. Patients were reviewed 1 month and 6 months after the treatment. Improvement in the clinical, aetiological, anatomical, and pathological classification (CEAP), and clinical severity was graded using the revised venous clinical severity score (rVCSS) and cosmetic results were investigated at the 6 month visit. Ablation of GSV was performed in 27 limbs in 27 patients (19 males, 70.3%; mean age 44 years; range 21-69 years). All patients had a technically successful FAFS treatment. The CEAP classification score, the rVCSS values, and the cosmetic results showed prominent improvement 6 months after the treatment. There were no significant complications, such as stroke, skin burns, necrosis, paresthesia, deep-vein thrombosis, or allergic reaction. None of the patients experienced neurological events. FAFS is a promising safe and effective technique for treating large superficial varicosities concomitant to EVLA of the truncal veins with excellent clinical results. Randomized prospective studies with larger series are required to compare the FAFS with ambulatory phlebectomy and standard foam sclerotherapy. Copyright © 2014 The Royal College of Radiologists. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. The Research of Feasibility and Efficacy of Radiofrequency Ablation in Treating Uterine Fibroids

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    Luo, Xin; Shu, Shan-rong; Ma, Xue-feng; Shuai, Han-lin

    2015-01-01

    Abstract To explore the feasibility and efficacy of radiofrequency ablation in treating uterine fibroids. Ninety patients with multiple uterine fibroids, who had undergone hysterectomy were included in the study. After the uterus was resected, the temperature of 60, 80, 100°C were adopted to ablate the in vitro fibroid with each temperature dealing with 30 patients. Simultaneously, 5 patients were included, whose in vivo fibroid were ablated with the temperature of 100°C before the fibroids were removed after laparotomy. After the fibroids were ablated, the smooth muscle in the ablated center (group A), the ablated edge (group B) and 1 cm away from the ablated edge (group C) were taken. Then, the samples were stained with hematoxylin and eosin (HE) to examine the histopathological changes, and immunohistochemistry was performed to detect the expression of estrogen receptor (ER) and progesterone receptor (PR). After radiofrequency ablation, the ablated lesions were round, toast tan, and dry on gross appearance. There were no obvious tissue carbonization and there were distinct boundary from periphery tissue. In vitro: On automated analysis, the average optical density of ER and PR in group A, B, and C was lower than the control group (P < 0.05), and which were gradually raised with the increased distance to electrode. In the same treatment group, ER optical density was gradually decreased with the increased temperature among 3 different groups. The PR optical density was decreased with the increased temperature under different temperatures in group A and group B, there was significant difference among groups (P < 0.05). But in group C, there was no difference in PR expression among the temperature of 60, 80, and 100°C (P > 0.05). In vivo: Compared with the control group, the average optical density of ER and PR were significantly different among group A, B, and C (P < 0.05), what's more, it was gradually raised with the increased distance to

  9. Efficacy and survival analysis of percutaneous radiofrequency versus microwave ablation for hepatocellular carcinoma: an Egyptian multidisciplinary clinic experience.

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    Abdelaziz, Ashraf; Elbaz, Tamer; Shousha, Hend Ibrahim; Mahmoud, Sherif; Ibrahim, Mostafa; Abdelmaksoud, Ahmed; Nabeel, Mohamed

    2014-12-01

    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a primary tumor of the liver with poor prognosis. For early stage HCC, treatment options include surgical resection, liver transplantation, and percutaneous ablation. Percutaneous ablative techniques (radiofrequency and microwave techniques) emerged as best therapeutic options for nonsurgical patients. We aimed to determine the safety and efficacy of radiofrequency and microwave procedures for ablation of early stage HCC lesions and prospectively follow up our patients for survival analysis. One Hundred and 11 patients with early HCC are managed in our multidisciplinary clinic using either radiofrequency or microwave ablation. Patients are assessed for efficacy and safety. Complete ablation rate, local recurrence, and overall survival analysis are compared between both procedures. Radiofrequency ablation group (n = 45) and microwave ablation group (n = 66) were nearly comparable as regards the tumor and patients characteristics. Complete ablation was achieved in 94.2 and 96.1% of patients managed by radiofrequency and microwave ablation techniques, respectively (p value 0.6) with a low rate of minor complications (11.1 and 3.2, respectively) including subcapsular hematoma, thigh burn, abdominal wall skin burn, and pleural effusion. Ablation rates did not differ between ablated lesions ≤ 3 and 3-5 cm. A lower incidence of local recurrence was observed in microwave group (3.9 vs. 13.5% in radiofrequency group, p value 0.04). No difference between both groups as regards de novo lesions, portal vein thrombosis, and abdominal lymphadenopathy. The overall actuarial probability of survival was 91.6% at 1 year and 86.1% at 2 years with a higher survival rates noticed in microwave group but still without significant difference (p value 0.49). Radiofrequency and microwave ablations led to safe and equivalent ablation and survival rates (with superiority for microwave ablation as regards the incidence of local recurrence).

  10. Radiofrequency ablation of spinal osteoid osteoma: a prospective study.

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    Faddoul, Joe; Faddoul, Yara; Kobaiter-Maarrawi, Sandra; Moussa, Ronald; Rizk, Tony; Nohra, Georges; Okais, Nabil; Samaha, Elie; Maarrawi, Joseph

    2017-03-01

    OBJECTIVE Surgery has been considered the standard treatment for spinal osteoid osteomas that are refractory to analgesic agents. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a less invasive technique with established efficiency for the treatment of peripheral osteoid osteomas. The main objectives of this study are to evaluate the safety of RFA based on the results of a previous experimental study in rats conducted in the authors' laboratory and to identify its short- and long-term efficiency in the treatment of spinal osteoid osteomas. METHODS Between March 2009 and July 2016, 8 consecutive patients with spinal osteoid osteomas were enrolled in the study and underwent 9 CT-guided RFA procedures. All patients presented with spinal pain (median preoperative visual analog scale [VAS] score 7.55, range 6-8.8) predominantly during the night, and they all had normal neurological examination results before the procedure. Pain (according to the VAS score) and neurological status were reassessed immediately before discharge, with further follow-up at 1, 6, and 12 months after the procedure. At the final follow-up, VAS score, neurological examination, patient satisfaction, and a radiological control (CT scan) were documented (median 48 months, range 12-84 months). VAS scores before and after the procedure were compared during the 3 days before surgery (D0), on the day of the surgery, Day 1 (D1), and at the final follow-up. RESULTS No neurological deficit was documented following the procedure or at the final follow-up. A statistically significant reduction in the VAS score was observed on Day 1 (mean 2.56 ± 0.68, p = 0.005) compared with D0. At the final follow-up, all patients reported a VAS score of 0 and a satisfaction rate of 100%. Only 1 patient had recurrent symptoms (pain, VAS score 8.1) 6 months after the initial RFA. A second procedure was performed, and the patient was subsequently symptom free at the final follow-up. CT scanning performed in all patients (12-84 months post

  11. Combined radiofrequency ablation and hot saline injection in rabbit liver.

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    Kim, Young Kon; Lee, Jeong Min; Kim, Sang Won; Kim, Chong Soo

    2003-11-01

    To determine whether combining hot saline injection (HSI) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) can increase the extent of thermally mediated coagulation in in vivo rabbit liver tissue. In 66 rabbits, RF energy and/or hot saline-induced coagulations were produced using a 17-gauge cooled electrode or 21-gauge needle under ultrasound guidance. Rabbits were allocated into 1 of 5 groups: group A, RFA alone (n = 15); group B, HSI (1 mL hot saline infused, n = 10); group C, combined therapy for HSI followed by RFA (n = 21); group D, combined therapy for RFA immediately followed by HSI (n = 10); and group E, 1 mL room temperature saline infusion before RFA (n = 10). RF energy (30 W) was applied for 3 minutes. The changes in tissue impedance, current, power output, and temperature of the electrode tip were automatically measured. Before RFA, precontrast computed tomography was performed, and after RFA, pre- and postcontrast spiral computed tomographic scans were acquired. The maximum diameters of the thermal lesions on the gross specimens and complications of each group were compared. All procedures were technically successful. There were 9 of 61 procedure-related complications (14.8%) including 6 localized hematomas and 3 thermal injuries to the diaphragm and the stomach. In rabbits in groups C and E, a marked decrease of tissue impedance (43.4 omega, 44.1 omega) and an increase of current (709 mA, 722 mA) occurred with instillation of saline infusion compared with RFA only. Combined therapy for HSI followed by RFA produced a greater short-axis mean diameter of coagulation (14.6 +/- 4.3 mm) than that in rabbits of other groups, for RFA only (10.4 +/- 2.4 mm), HSI only (8.7 +/- 3.3 mm), and combined therapy for RFA immediately followed by HIS (12.0 +/- 1.4 mm; P < 0.05). Combined therapy for HSI followed by RFA can increase the volume of RFA-induced coagulation in the liver with a single application, and therefore may improve the results of RFA for the treatment of larger

  12. Management of complications following radiofrequency ablation of a pedicle osteoid osteoma.

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    Owen, Joseph W; Bridwell, Keith H; Gilula, Louis A

    2014-06-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has become an accepted first-line treatment for osteoid osteomas. Ablation of spinal osteoid osteomas has presented a particular challenge because of their proximity to delicate neural structures. Although many case series have reported multiple successfully treated spinal osteoid osteomas, there are no reports of thermal injury or insufficiency fracture associated with RFA of spinal osteoid osteomas. We report the management of complications that result from treating a spinal osteoid osteoma within a pedicle.

  13. Successful treatment of macroreentrant atrial tachycardia by radiofrequency ablation targeting channels with continuous activation.

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    Wo, Hung-Ta; Wen, Ming-Shien; Chang, Po-Cheng; Chou, Chung-Chuan; Wang, Chun-Chieh; Yeh, San-Jou; Wu, Delon

    2014-08-01

    Macroreentrant atrial tachycardia (MRAT) is frequently unresponsive to antiarrhythmic drugs. The application of three-dimensional (3D) mapping and entrainment pacing contributes to a high success rate for radiofrequency ablation, but programmed electrical pacing may either terminate or transform clinical tachyarrhythmias. On the basis of clinical experiences of the use of ventricular tachycardia ablation, channels with continuous activation are suitable for reentrant circuits, and ablation at these channels can lead to noninducibility of ventricular tachycardias. We reviewed patients referred for symptomatic MRAT with identified channels with continuous activation and evaluated the efficacy of MRAT ablation by targeting these channels. Fifteen consecutive patients (10 men, 49 ± 14 years) with MRAT illustrated by endocardial activation maps using a 3D electroanatomical mapping system (CARTO™, Biosense Webster, Diamond Bar, CA, USA) were included in this study. Continuous activation was defined as double or continuous potentials without an isoelectric interval, and sites with continuous activation were tagged for measurements of channel properties. Radiofrequency ablation was performed at those targeted sites located within the reentrant circuit. Radiofrequency ablation successfully eliminated MRAT in all patients. The mean cycle length was 283 ± 60 ms, and the longest activation duration was 112 ± 38 ms. The minimal and maximal bipolar voltage amplitudes were 0.13 ± 0.1 mV and 0.7 ± 0.6 mV, respectively. The targeted ablation length and width were 28.9 ± 15.3 mm and 9.4 ± 3.3 mm, respectively. Radiofrequency ablation of MRAT targeting channels with continuous activation using a 3D electroanatomical mapping system yields a high success rate. ©2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  14. Electrical storm in dilated cardiomyopathy treated using epicardial radiofrequency ablation as a first line therapy.

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    Faustino, Massimiliano; Agricola, Tullio; Xyheri, Borejda; Di Girolamo, Enrico; Leonzio, Luigi; Pizzi, Carmine

    2016-09-01

    We report a patient with non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy and low left ventricular systolic function (28%) presenting with an electrical storm originated in epicardial scar and ablated by radiofrequency. This case report suggests that a strategy of epicardial catheter ablation is reasonable for the patient presenting with electrical storm related to structural disease with a low left ventricular ejection fraction. Copyright © 2016 Cardiological Society of India. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. CT-Guided Radiofrequency Ablation of a Pulmonary Metastasis Followed by Surgical Resection

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    Steinke, Karin; Habicht, James M.; Thomsen, Sharon; Soler, Markus; Jacob, Augustinus L.

    2002-12-15

    Outpatient CT-guided radiofrequency ablation (RFA)of a pulmonary metastasis followed by surgical resection and histopathological analysis was performed in a 72-year-old lady suffering from a peritoneal leiomyosarcoma. Histological workup 3 weeks post-ablation showed complete devitalization of the metastasis. This case report demonstrates that complete thermal destruction of a pulmonary metastasis by percutaneous image-guided RFA is possible.

  16. Curative effect and mechanism of radiofrequency ablation nucleoplasty in the treatment of cervical vertigo.

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    Yin, Hai-Dong; Zhang, Xin-Mei; Huang, Ming-Guang; Chen, Wei; Song, Yang; Du, Qing-Jun; Wu, Yu-Ning; Yang, Ruo-Bin

    2017-04-01

    This study aims to investigate the curative effects and mechanism of radiofrequency ablation nucleoplasty in the treatment of cervical vertigo. A total of 27 patients diagnosed with cervical vertigo from January 2012 to October 2014 received treatment of radiofrequency ablation nucleoplasty. The narrow-side vertebral artery diameters were examined by using Philips 1.5-T body dual-gradient MRI system. The haemodynamic parameters were detected by using transcranial Doppler sonography. Both of the vertebral artery diameters and haemodynamic parameters were recorded and compared before and after treatment. The curative effects in early post-operative application were evaluated according to the Nagashima standards. Radiofrequency ablation nucleoplasty was performed in a total of 59 cervical discs in 27 patients. The average operation time was 42.7 min, and the symptoms of 92.6% patients were alleviated after radiofrequency ablation nucleoplasty post-operation application. There was no significant difference in the narrow-side vertebral artery diameters before and after treatment in both Group A (p = 0.12) and Group B (p = 0.48); however, the blood flow velocity was significantly higher than that before treatment in both Group A (p = 0.01) and Group B (p = 0.03), respectively. Radiofrequency ablation nucleoplasty improves the blood flow in the narrow-side vertebral artery and illustrates the therapeutic effect on cervical vertigo in patients who have no direct compression of the vertebral artery. Advances in knowledge: Radiofrequency intradiscal nucleoplasty can be used as a minimally invasive procedure for treating cervical vertigo.

  17. Radio-frequency ablation of small renal tumors: minimum follow up of 1 year

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    Patel, Vipul; Thaly, Rahul; Shah, Ketul

    2007-02-01

    OBJECTIVE: With the increased utility of complex imaging modalities small renal tumors are being diagnosed with rising frequency. We performed radiofrequency ablation to treat tumors less than 4cm in size using a combination of temperature, impedance, ultrasound and laparoscopic guidance. In this article we reviewed the outcome of radiofrequency ablation of renal tumors at one year at our institution. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Over a three-year period 75 patients with a total of 93 renal tumors underwent radiofrequency ablation. Average patient age was 64.5 years with ASA of 2.9. Indications for nephron sparing were imperative in 33 (solitary kidney 21, renal insufficiency 12). Seventeen patients had significant co-morbidities with ASA score of 3 or more and were thought to be poor candidates for nephrectomy or partial nephrectomy. Five were Jehovah's Witness patients. Average tumor size was 3.2 cm (1.5-4.0). 60% of the tumors were exophytic and 40% deep. Radiofrequency ablation was performed via a transperitoneal approach using the single pronged 3cm Cool tip electrode (Radionics Inc). Tumor was isolated laparoscopically. Prior to ablation the lesions were biopsied. Ablation was performed using both laparoscopic and real-time ultrasound imaging of the boarders of the tumor. During ablation impedance and temperature monitoring was performed. For each tumor two separate ablations were performed at perpendicular angles, the first ablation was for 6 minutes and the second for 3 minutes. The center and periphery of the tumor was monitored to insure that the temperature rose above 70 degrees Celsius. Patients were followed at three-month intervals with triple phase CT scan or MRI to evaluate efficacy of the ablation. Our criteria for recurrent tumor were growth or enhancement of the lesion. RESULTS: Average operative time was 109 minutes with and average EBL of <25cc. Mean hospital stay was 1.4 days. At average follow up of 19.2 months (range 2-24), one lesion showed

  18. Radiofrequency Ablation of Osteoid Osteoma: Initial Experience with a New Monopolar Ablation Device

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    Mahnken, Andreas H. Bruners, Philipp; Delbrueck, Heide; Guenther, Rolf W.

    2011-06-15

    The purpose of this article is to report our initial experience with the 'off-label' use of a new monopolar radiofrequency (RF) probe for percutaneous ablation of osteoid osteomas. Seventeen patients (12 male and 5 female, mean age 24.8 [range 9-49]) with osteoid osteoma were treated by computed tomography (CT)-guided RF ablation (RFA). All procedures were performed with the patient under general aesthesia. After localization of the nidus, a 13G hollow drill was introduced into the nidus through a 7F introducer sheath. A monopolar 16.5G RF probe with a 9-mm active tip (Soloist; Boston Scientific, Natick, MA) was inserted through the introducer sheath and connected to the RF generator. Energy application was started at 2 W and subsequently increased every 2 min by 1 W to a maximum of 8 W. The procedure ended if impedance increased by 500 Ohm-Sign . Mean duration of energy deposition was 14.2 {+-} 3.3 min. Fourteen of 17 patients (82%) were free of symptoms at 29.9 {+-} 14.8 (range 4 to 47) months of follow-up. The primary and secondary success rates were 83% and 100%, respectively. In 3 patients, recurrence of pain at 6 (n = 1) and 15 (n = 2) months after the initial procedure was successfully treated by reablation. There were no complications. Monopolar RFA using the Soloist probe is effective and safe for the treatment of osteoid osteoma. It results in comparable success rates as other monopolar or bipolar RF systems in the treatment of osteoid osteoma.

  19. Ablation effects of noninvasive radiofrequency field-induced hyperthermia on liver cancer cells.

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    Chen, Kaiyun; Zhu, Shuguang; Xiang, Guoan; Duan, Xiaopeng; He, Jiwen; Chen, Guihua

    2016-05-01

    To have in-depth analysis of clinical ablation effect of noninvasive radiofrequency field-induced hyperthermia on liver cancer cells, this paper collected liver cancer patients' treatment information from 10 hospitals during January 2010 and December 2011, from which 1050 cases of patients were randomly selected as study object of observation group who underwent noninvasive radiofrequency field-induced hyperthermia treatment; in addition, 500 cases of liver cancer patients were randomly selected as study object of control group who underwent clinical surgical treatment. After treatment was completed, three years of return visit were done, survival rates of the two groups of patients after 1 year, 2 years, and 3 years were compared, and clinical effects of radiofrequency ablation of liver cancer were evaluated. Zoom results show that the two groups are similar in terms of survival rate, and the difference is without statistical significance. 125 patients in observation group had varying degrees of adverse reactions, while 253 patients in control group had adverse reactions. There was difference between groups P < 0.05, with significant statistical significance. It can be concluded that radiofrequency ablation of liver cancer is more secure. Therefore, the results of this study fully demonstrate that liver cancer treatment with noninvasive radiofrequency field-induced hyperthermia is with safety effect and satisfactory survival rate, thus with relatively high clinical value in clinical practice.

  20. Heat sink phenomenon of bipolar and monopolar radiofrequency ablation observed using polypropylene tubes for vessel simulation.

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    Al-Alem, Ihssan; Pillai, Krishna; Akhter, Javed; Chua, Terence C; Morris, David L

    2014-06-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is widely used for treating liver tumors; recurrence is common owing to proximity to blood vessels possibly due to the heat sink effect. We seek to investigate this phenomenon using unipolar and bipolar RFA on an egg white tumor tissue model and an animal liver model. Temperature profiles during ablation (with and without vessel simulation) were studied, using both bipolar and unipolar RFA probes by 4 strategically placed temperature leads to monitor temperature profile during ablation. The volume of ablated tissue was also measured. The volume ablated during vessel simulation confirmed the impact of the heat sink phenomenon. The heat sink effect of unipolar RFA was greater compared with bipolar RFA (ratio of volume affected 2:1) in both tissue and liver models. The volume ablated using unipolar RFA was less than the bipolar RFA (ratio of volume ablated = 1:4). Unipolar RFA achieved higher ablation temperatures (122°C vs 98°C). Unipolar RFA resulted in tissue damage beyond the vessel, which was not observed using bipolar RFA. Bipolar RFA ablates a larger tumor volume compared with unipolar RFA, with a single ablation. The impact of heat sink phenomenon in tumor ablation is less so with bipolar than unipolar RFA with sparing of adjacent vessel damage. © The Author(s) 2013.

  1. Genicular Radiofrequency Ablation for Treatment of Post Total Knee Arthroplasty Posterior Thigh Pain: A Case Report.

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    Sylvester, Lauren N; Goree, Johnathan H

    2017-07-10

    We present a case of a 68-year-old woman with 6 months of chronic unilateral posterior thigh pain after a total knee arthroplasty. The patient's pain was refractory to various treatments. After appropriate diagnostic tests, a genicular nerve block and subsequent radiofrequency ablation were performed. These procedures provided substantial pain relief of her thigh pain at 3 months follow-up.

  2. Bile Duct Disruption Following Radiofrequency Ablation: Successful Repair Using a Covered Stent

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    Thompson, Philip M.; Hare, Christopher M.B. Lees, William R.

    2004-08-15

    Persistent biliary leaks, whether iatrogenic or secondary to malignancy, often present a difficult management problem. Recent reports have suggested a role for covered metallic stents in this context. We describe the successful use of a covered stent to seal a persistent biliary leak following radiofrequency ablation of colorectal liver metastases.

  3. Stress (Tako-Tsubo) Cardiomyopathy Following Radiofrequency Ablation of a Liver Tumor: A Case Report

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    Joo, Ijin; Lee, Jeong Min Han, Joon Koo; Choi, Byung Ihn; Park, Eun-Ah

    2011-02-15

    Stress cardiomyopathy is characterized by transient left ventricular dysfunction occurring in the absence of obstructive coronary disease. It is precipitated by acute emotional or physical stress. We present a case of stress cardiomyopathy which developed during hepatic radiofrequency ablation of hepatocellular carcinoma.

  4. Radiofrequency catheter ablation of the atrioventricular junction from the left ventricle

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    Sousa, J.; el-Atassi, R.; Rosenheck, S.; Calkins, H.; Langberg, J.; Morady, F. )

    1991-08-01

    The purpose of this study was to describe a new technique for catheter ablation of the atrioventricular junction using radiofrequency energy delivered in the left ventricle. Catheter ablation of the atrioventricular (AV) junction using a catheter positioned across the tricuspid annulus was unsuccessful in eight patients with a mean {plus minus} SD age of 51 {plus minus} 19 years who had AV nodal reentry tachycardia (three patients), orthodromic tachycardia using a concealed midseptal accessory pathway, atrial tachycardia, atrial flutter (two patients), or atrial fibrillation. Before attempts at catheter ablation of the AV junction, each patient had been refractory to pharmacological therapy, and four had failed attempts at either catheter modification of the AV node using radiofrequency energy or surgical and catheter ablation of the accessory pathway. Conventional right-sided catheter ablation of the AV junction using radiofrequency energy in six patients and both radiofrequency energy and direct current shocks in two patients was ineffective. The mean amplitude of the His bundle potential recorded at the tricuspid annulus at the sites of unsuccessful AV junction ablation was 0.1 {plus minus} 0.08 mV, with a maximum His amplitude of 0.03-0.28 mV. A 7F deflectable-tip quadripolar electrode catheter with a 4-mm distal electrode was positioned against the upper left ventricular septum using a retrograde aortic approach from the femoral artery. Third-degree AV block was induced in each of the eight patients with 20-36 W applied for 15-30 seconds. The His bundle potential at the sites of successful AV junction ablation ranged from 0.06 to 0.99 mV, with a mean of 0.27 {plus minus} 0.32 mV. There was no rise in the creatine kinase-MB fraction and no complications occurred. An intrinsic escape rhythm of 30-60 beats/min was present in seven of the eight patients.

  5. In vitro assessment of a combined radiofrequency ablation and cryo-anchoring catheter for treatment of mitral valve prolapse.

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    Boronyak, Steven M; Merryman, W David

    2014-03-21

    Percutaneous approaches to mitral valve repair are an attractive alternative to surgical repair or replacement. Radiofrequency ablation has the potential to approximate surgical leaflet resection by using resistive heating to reduce leaflet size, and cryogenic temperatures on a percutaneous catheter can potentially be used to reversibly adhere to moving mitral valve leaflets for reliable application of radiofrequency energy. We tested a combined cryo-anchoring and radiofrequency ablation catheter using excised porcine mitral valves placed in a left heart flow loop capable of reproducing physiologic pressure and flow waveforms. Transmitral flow and pressure were monitored during the cryo-anchoring procedure and compared to baseline flow conditions, and the extent of radiofrequency energy delivery to the mitral valve was assessed post-treatment. Long term durability of radiofrequency ablation treatment was assessed using statically treated leaflets placed in a stretch bioreactor for four weeks. Transmitral flow and pressure waveforms were largely unaltered during cryo-anchoring. Parameter fitting to mechanical data from leaflets treated with radiofrequency ablation and cryo-anchoring revealed significant mechanical differences from untreated leaflets, demonstrating successful ablation of mitral valves in a hemodynamic environment. Picrosirius red staining showed clear differences in morphology and collagen birefringence between treated and untreated leaflets. The durability study indicated that statically treated leaflets did not significantly change size or mechanics over four weeks. A cryo-anchoring and radiofrequency ablation catheter can adhere to and ablate mitral valve leaflets in a physiologic hemodynamic environment, providing a possible percutaneous alternative to surgical leaflet resection of mitral valve tissue.

  6. Extending the Frontiers Beyond Thermal Ablation by Radiofrequency Ablation: SBRT, Brachytherapy, SIRT (Radioembolization).

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    Hass, Peter; Mohnike, Konrad

    2014-08-01

    Metastatic spread of the primary is still defined as the systemic stage of disease in treatment guidelines for various solid tumors. This definition is the rationale for systemic therapy. Interestingly and despite the concept of systemic involvement, surgical resection as a local treatment has proven to yield long-term outcomes in a subset of patients with limited metastatic disease, supporting the concept of oligometastatic disease. Radiofrequency ablation has yielded favorable outcomes in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma and colorectal metastases, and some studies indicate its prognostic potential in combined treatments with systemic therapies. However, some significant technical limitations apply, such as size limitation, heat sink effects, and unpredictable heat distribution to adjacent risk structures. Interventional and non-invasive radiotherapeutic techniques may overcome these limitations, expanding the options for oligometastatic patients and cytoreductive concepts. Current data suggest very high local control rates even in large tumors at any given location in the human body. The article focusses on the characteristics and possibilities of stereotactic body radiation therapy, interstitial high-dose-rate brachytherapy, and Yttrium-90 radioembolization. In this article, we discuss the differences of the technical preferences as well as their impact on indications. Current data is presented and discussed with a focus on application in oligometastatic or cytoreductive concepts in different tumor biologies.

  7. Extending the Frontiers Beyond Thermal Ablation by Radiofrequency Ablation: SBRT, Brachytherapy, SIRT (Radioembolization)

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    Hass, Peter; Mohnike, Konrad

    2014-01-01

    Summary Metastatic spread of the primary is still defined as the systemic stage of disease in treatment guidelines for various solid tumors. This definition is the rationale for systemic therapy. Interestingly and despite the concept of systemic involvement, surgical resection as a local treatment has proven to yield long-term outcomes in a subset of patients with limited metastatic disease, supporting the concept of oligometastatic disease. Radiofrequency ablation has yielded favorable outcomes in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma and colorectal metastases, and some studies indicate its prognostic potential in combined treatments with systemic therapies. However, some significant technical limitations apply, such as size limitation, heat sink effects, and unpredictable heat distribution to adjacent risk structures. Interventional and non-invasive radiotherapeutic techniques may overcome these limitations, expanding the options for oligometastatic patients and cytoreductive concepts. Current data suggest very high local control rates even in large tumors at any given location in the human body. The article focusses on the characteristics and possibilities of stereotactic body radiation therapy, interstitial high-dose-rate brachytherapy, and Yttrium-90 radioembolization. In this article, we discuss the differences of the technical preferences as well as their impact on indications. Current data is presented and discussed with a focus on application in oligometastatic or cytoreductive concepts in different tumor biologies. PMID:26288597

  8. Transhepatic Approach for Percutaneous Computed-Tomography-Guided Radiofrequency Ablation of Renal Cell Carcinoma

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    Iguchi, Toshihiro Hiraki, Takao; Gobara, Hideo; Mukai, Takashi; Hase, Soichiro; Fujiwara, Hiroyasu; Tajiri, Nobuhisa; Sakurai, Jun; Mimura, Hidefumi; Saika, Takashi; Kumon, Hiromi; Kanazawa, Susumu

    2007-07-15

    We performed percutaneously radiofrequency (RF) ablation of 5 renal cell carcinomas (mean diameter 26 {+-} 15 mm) with computed-tomography (CT) fluoroscopic guidance using the transhepatic route. The RF electrode was successfully advanced into all tumors. RF ablation caused one minor complication (small asymptomatic perirenal hematoma); no major complications occurred. The follow-up contrast-enhanced CT images showed no local tumor progression of any tumors in a median period of 10 months (range 3-14 months). In conclusion, it seems that this transhepatic approach is safe and can be an alternative method for electrode insertion during RF ablation of selected renal tumors.

  9. Optimal strategies for combining transcatheter arterial chemoembolization and radiofrequency ablation in rabbit VX2 hepatic tumors.

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    Mostafa, Elian M; Ganguli, Suvranu; Faintuch, Salomao; Mertyna, Pawel; Goldberg, S Nahum

    2008-12-01

    To determine the optimum combination strategy of transcatheter arterial chemoembolization and radiofrequency (RF) ablation in an experimentally induced hepatic tumor model. Twenty-five New Zealand White rabbits with VX2 carcinoma-induced hepatic tumors were randomly divided into five treatment groups, which received (i) chemoembolization followed 15 minutes later by RF ablation; (ii) RF ablation followed by chemoembolization; (iii) chemoembolization alone; (iv) RF ablation alone; and (v) bland embolization followed by RF ablation. Animals were euthanized at 48 hours to determine tumor infarction and coagulation, which were compared with analysis of variance. Representative histopathologic slides were compared. Significantly larger areas of coagulation were produced by chemoembolization followed by RF ablation (22.0 cm(3) +/- 7.7) compared with RF ablation followed by chemoembolization (13.1 cm(3) +/- 3.2) and RF ablation alone (10.0 cm(3) +/- 4.5; P < .05). RF ablation followed by chemoembolization showed larger treatment areas than chemoembolization alone (25.0 cm(3) +/- 9.6 vs 12.1 cm(3) +/- 4.6; P < .001), with chemotherapeutic agent preferentially depositing around the coagulation zone. Histopathologic analysis revealed greater vascular thrombosis and necrosis and reduced islands of viable tumor cells in the chemoembolization/RF ablation group versus the groups treated with chemoembolization alone or bland embolization/RF ablation. Larger treatment volumes were produced when chemoembolization was performed before RF ablation than when RF ablation preceded chemoembolization or when RF ablation or chemoembolization were performed alone. Larger treatment volumes were also produced when chemoembolization rather than bland embolization was performed before RF ablation, indicating the importance and synergy of the chemotherapeutic regimen. These results suggest that the reduction of tumor blood flow combined with the effect of hyperthermia and local chemotherapy

  10. Three Cycles of Radiofrequency Ablation Are More Efficacious Than Two in the Management of Morton's Neuroma.

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    Brooks, David; Parr, Adam; Bryceson, William

    2017-05-01

    Morton's neuroma is a common cause of forefoot pain. Outcomes of conservative therapy are mixed and many patients undergo operative intervention. Radiofrequency ablation has recently gained favor as a treatment option, although the optimal regime is unknown. This study investigates the effectiveness of 2 versus 3 cycles of radiofrequency ablation for the treatment of Morton's neuroma. We surveyed a cohort of patients with Morton's neuroma who had progressed to radiofrequency ablation after failed conservative treatment. Patients received either 2 or 3 cycles of radiofrequency ablation by a single surgeon. We assessed patients based on their change in numerical pain rating scale, symptom improvement, complications, and progression to surgical excision through a series of telephone interviews. Outcomes between the 2 treatment arms were compared by parametric tests. Twenty-eight patients were included in the study. Eighteen patients with 21 neuromas received 2 cycles and 10 patients with 11 neuromas received 3 cycles. Mean time of follow-up was 12.9 months. Overall, 88% of patients were either very or moderately satisfied with their outcome. In patients who received 2 cycles mean numerical pain scores decreased from 7.9 ± 1.1 to 3.4 ± 2.4 postprocedure. Three patients progressed to operative excision. In patients who received 3 cycles, numerical pain scores decreased from 8.0 ± 1.0 to 1.5 ± 2.0 postprocedure. One patient progressed to operative excision. Patients who received 3 cycles had reduced medium-term pain postoperatively compared with 2 cycles (3.4 ± 2.4 vs 1.5 ± 2.0, P = .011). Radiofrequency ablation provides a high rate of patient satisfaction in the treatment of Morton's neuroma with few side effects. It appears that 3 cycles may be superior to 2 cycles but a randomized controlled trial will be required to confirm these results. Intervention, Level III: Comparative study without concurrent controls.

  11. Subclinical Breast Cancer: Minimally Invasive Approaches. Our Experience with Percutaneous Radiofrequency Ablation vs. Cryotherapy

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    Manenti, Guglielmo; Scarano, Angela L.; Pistolese, Chiara A.; Perretta, Tommaso; Bonanno, Elena; Orlandi, Augusto; Simonetti, Giovanni

    2013-01-01

    Summary Background The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of radiofrequency ablation vs. cryoablation in the treatment of early breast cancer. Patients and Methods 80 women (mean age 73 ± 5 years) with early breast cancer were retrospectively evaluated. 40 patients underwent cryoablation and 40 patients underwent radiofrequency ablation, both with sentinel lymph node excision. Tumor volume and histopatological data were compared by means of postprocedural 3.0-T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). 30–45 days after the percutaneous ablation, all patients underwent surgical resection of the tumor. The mean follow-up was 18 months without any local recurrences. Results Both techniques allow good correlation with histopathological data. In 75 patients (93.8%) we observed complete necrosis; in 5 cases there was residual disease in the postprocedural MRI and postoperative histological examination. There was a good correlation between MRI volume and histologic samples. Cosmetic results were good in all patients but 2. Conclusion Both percutaneous radiofrequency ablation and cryotherapy are minimally invasive techniques with a good clinical and cosmetic outcome in selected cases. MRI examination is an ideal method to assess breast neoplasms in terms of quality and quantity as well as residual tumor extent after percutaneous ablation. Cryotherapy is the preferred method because of the analgesic effect of freezing with better patients compliance. PMID:24415989

  12. Outcomes of Radiofrequency Ablation for Dysplastic Barrett's Esophagus: A Comprehensive Review

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    Iabichino, Giuseppe; Arena, Monica; Consolo, Pierluigi; Morace, Carmela; Opocher, Enrico; Mangiavillano, Benedetto

    2016-01-01

    Barrett's esophagus is a condition in which the normal squamous lining of the esophagus has been replaced by columnar epithelium containing intestinal metaplasia induced by recurrent mucosal injury related to gastroesophageal reflux disease. Barrett's esophagus is a premalignant condition that can progress through a dysplasia-carcinoma sequence to esophageal adenocarcinoma. Multiple endoscopic ablative techniques have been developed with the goal of eradicating Barrett's esophagus and preventing neoplastic progression to esophageal adenocarcinoma. For patients with high-grade dysplasia or intramucosal neoplasia, radiofrequency ablation with or without endoscopic resection for visible lesions is currently the most effective and safe treatment available. Recent data demonstrate that, in patients with Barrett's esophagus and low-grade dysplasia confirmed by a second pathologist, ablative therapy results in a statistically significant reduction in progression to high-grade dysplasia and esophageal adenocarcinoma. Treatment of dysplastic Barrett's esophagus with radiofrequency ablation results in complete eradication of both dysplasia and of intestinal metaplasia in a high proportion of patients with a low incidence of adverse events. A high proportion of treated patients maintain the neosquamous epithelium after successful treatment without recurrence of intestinal metaplasia. Following successful endoscopic treatment, endoscopic surveillance should be continued to detect any recurrent intestinal metaplasia and/or dysplasia. This paper reviews all relevant publications on the endoscopic management of Barrett's esophagus using radiofrequency ablation. PMID:28070182

  13. Nonfluoroscopic Imaging as Guidance for Radiofrequency Ablation of Atrioventricular Nodal Reentrant Tachycardia after Mustard Repair

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    Nguyen, Dinh Q.; Sobczak, Henrik; Brandts, Bodo

    2017-01-01

    Most tachycardias in the pulmonary venous atrium are inaccessible by direct means and require either a retrograde approach or a transseptal approach for ablation. We present a case in which successful radiofrequency ablation of common atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia was accomplished via a retrograde transaortic approach guided by nonfluoroscopic mapping with use of the NavX™ mapping system. The patient was a 49-year-old woman who at the age of 4 years had undergone Mustard repair for complete dextrotransposition of the great arteries. Three-dimensional reconstructions of the ascending aorta, right ventricle, systemic venous atrium, left ventricle, and superior vena cava–inferior vena cava baffle complex were created, and the left-sided His bundle was marked. After a failed attempt at ablation from the systemic venous side, we eliminated the atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia by ablation from the pulmonary venous side. This case is, to our knowledge, the first report of successful radiofrequency ablation of common atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia after Mustard repair for this congenital cardiac malformation in which ablation was guided by 3-dimensional nonfluoroscopic imaging. This imaging technique enabled accurate anatomic location of the ablation catheters in relation to the His bundle marked from the systemic venous side. PMID:28265215

  14. Acute myocardial infarction after radiofrequency catheter ablation of typical atrial flutter.

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    Yune, Sehyo; Lee, Woo Joo; Hwang, Ji-won; Kim, Eun; Ha, Jung Min; Kim, June Soo

    2014-02-01

    A 53-yr-old man underwent radiofrequency ablation to treat persistent atrial flutter. After the procedure, the chest pain was getting worse, and the electrocardiogram showed ST-segment elevation in inferior leads with reciprocal changes. Immediate coronary angiography showed total occlusion with thrombi at the distal portion of the right coronary artery, which was very close to the ablation site. Intervention with thrombus aspiration and balloon dilatation was successful, and the patient recovered without any kind of sequelae. Although the exact mechanism is obscure, the most likely explanation is a thermal injury to the vascular wall that ruptured into the lumen and formed thrombus. Vasospasm and thromboembolism can also be other possibilities. This case raise the alarm to cardiologists who perform radiofrequency ablation to treat various kinds of cardiac arrhythmias, in that myocardial infarction has been rarely considered one of the complications.

  15. Impact of Laser Fiber Design on Outcome of Endovenous Ablation of Lower-Extremity Varicose Veins: Results from a Single Practice

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    Prince, Ethan A. Soares, Gregory M.; Silva, MaryLou; Taner, Anil; Ahn, SunHo; Dubel, Gregory J.; Jay, Bryan S.

    2011-06-15

    The design of laser fibers used for endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) in the management of lower-extremity varicose vein disease may affect treatment success. The purpose of this investigation is to report our experience using the gold-tip NeverTouch VenaCure laser fiber (AngioDynamics, Queensbury, NY) and to compare that to our experience with standard bare-tip fibers. A retrospective chart review of 363 consecutive EVLA treatments using the gold-tip laser fiber was performed. Demographic data including patient age, sex, history of previous varicose vein stripping, vein identity, laterality, treatment length, total applied energy in joules (J), use of adjuvant sclerotherapy and ambulatory phlebectomy, treatment-related complications, and treatment failure, which was defined as recanalization of any portion of the treated vein during follow-up as assessed by duplex ultrasound examination-were entered into a spreadsheet. These data were compared with a control group of 471 EVLA treatments performed with a standard bare-tip laser fiber. Data were analyzed using independent-samples Student's t test, chi-square test, and multivariate analysis. Demographic data were similar between the two groups. Treatments with the gold-tip fiber had a failure rate of 11.1%, whereas treatment with a bare-tip fiber had a failure rate of 2.3% during a similar follow-up period. This difference was highly statistically significant (p < 0.0001). Multivariate analysis showed fiber type as the most significant factor associated with treatment failure. We conclude that laser fiber design has a significant effect on treatment success in the performance of EVLA.

  16. Efficacy of topical local anaesthesia to reduce perioperative pain for endovenous laser ablation of varicose veins: a double-blind randomized controlled trial.

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    Saha, Sunita; Tiwari, Alok; Hunns, Charlotte; Refson, Jonathan; Abidia, Ahmed

    2016-08-01

    Tumescent local anaesthesia via multiple injections in the perivenous space leads to intraoperative and postoperative pain during endovenous laser ablation (EVLA). We considered whether the application of topical local anaesthesia reduces pain caused by these injections. Eligible patients undergoing local anaesthetic EVLA were recruited and randomized to either application of topical local anaesthesia or water-based gel (placebo) to the inner thigh over the marked great saphenous vein. Varicose vein severity was classified using the American venous forum clinical etiological anatomical pathological (CEAP) classification score for chronic venous disorders and the Aberdeen varicose vein questionnaire (AVVQ) score. Visual analogue pain scores attributable to the varicose veins or tumescent injections were recorded before the procedure, immediately postprocedure and prior to discharge. Secondary outcome measures were extra analgesia requirement during or immediately postoperatively. Analysis was performed using the unpaired Student's t test and Wilcoxon signed-rank test. A total of 52 patients underwent the procedure. Eight patients were excluded from analysis due to failure to complete the procedure or incomplete data. In the remaining 44 patients (24 local anaesthesia, 20 placebo), no statistical difference was noted in age, gender distribution or the severity of varicose veins assessed preoperatively by the clinician (CEAP classification score, median = 2 in both groups) and patient (AVVQ, mean placebo = 21.59, local anaesthesia = 17.53, p = 0.264) between the two groups. There was no statistical difference in pain scores between the placebo and topical local anaesthetic group at baseline (23.0 versus 20.44, p = 0.57), immediately postoperatively (23.35 versus. 19.75, p = 0.44) or predischarge (20.9 versus 13.75, p = 0.68). Topical local anaesthesia is of no benefit in EVLA of varicose vein to reduce patient experience of perioperative pain. © The Author(s), 2016.

  17. Comparison of 12-w versus 14-w endovenous laser ablation in the treatment of great saphenous varicose veins: 5-year outcomes from a randomized controlled trial.

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    Samuel, Nehemiah; Wallace, Tom; Carradice, Daniel; Mazari, Fayyaz A K; Chetter, Ian C

    2013-07-01

    Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) has been demonstrated to be an effective treatment for lower limb varicose veins in the short and midterm results. This study reports the 5-year outcomes of EVLA technique at different power settings. Patients with primary symptomatic, unilateral varicose veins secondary to saphenofemoral junction (SFJ) incompetence and great saphenous vein (GSV) reflux were recruited and randomized to either 12W (intermittent laser withdrawal) or 14W (continuous laser withdrawal). They were assessed at baseline, 1, 6, 12, 52, 104 weeks, and 5 years. Outcome measures included: Venous Clinical Severity Score (VCSS), pain scores, time taken to return to normal functions, complications, recurrence, quality of life (QoL), and duplex ultrasound findings. 76 consecutive patients, M: F 30:46, median age 54(IQR: 37.3-59) years were randomized. Intragroup analysis: Significant improvement was seen in both groups in VCSS, pain scores, Aberdeen varicose vein questionnaire (AVVQ) scores, Shortform-36 (SF-36) and Euroqol (EQ-5D) domains over the follow-up period (P < 0.05). Intergroup analysis: Over 5 years, clinically recurrent varicosities and duplex detected SFJ incompetence was less frequent and patient satisfaction with cosmetic outcome significantly higher in the 14W group (P < 0.05). There was no significant difference between the groups in duration of procedure, postoperative pain scores, return to normal functioning, complications, VCSS, disease specific (AVVQ) and generic (SF36, EQ-5D) QoL measures (P > 0.05). Late outcomes following EVLA were superior for the 14W continuous power settings achieving better long term venous occlusion and lowered recurrence rates without increasing post-operative morbidity. Hence 14W continuous setting should be the energy delivery mode of choice.

  18. CT-guided Bipolar and Multipolar Radiofrequency Ablation (RF Ablation) of Renal Cell Carcinoma: Specific Technical Aspects and Clinical Results

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    Sommer, C. M.; Lemm, G.; Hohenstein, E.; Bellemann, N.; Stampfl, U.; Goezen, A. S.; Rassweiler, J.; Kauczor, H. U.; Radeleff, B. A.; Pereira, P. L.

    2013-06-15

    Purpose. This study was designed to evaluate the clinical efficacy of CT-guided bipolar and multipolar radiofrequency ablation (RF ablation) of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and to analyze specific technical aspects between both technologies. Methods. We included 22 consecutive patients (3 women; age 74.2 {+-} 8.6 years) after 28 CT-guided bipolar or multipolar RF ablations of 28 RCCs (diameter 2.5 {+-} 0.8 cm). Procedures were performed with a commercially available RF system (Celon AG Olympus, Berlin, Germany). Technical aspects of RF ablation procedures (ablation mode [bipolar or multipolar], number of applicators and ablation cycles, overall ablation time and deployed energy, and technical success rate) were analyzed. Clinical results (local recurrence-free survival and local tumor control rate, renal function [glomerular filtration rate (GFR)]) and complication rates were evaluated. Results. Bipolar RF ablation was performed in 12 procedures and multipolar RF ablation in 16 procedures (2 applicators in 14 procedures and 3 applicators in 2 procedures). One ablation cycle was performed in 15 procedures and two ablation cycles in 13 procedures. Overall ablation time and deployed energy were 35.0 {+-} 13.6 min and 43.7 {+-} 17.9 kJ. Technical success rate was 100 %. Major and minor complication rates were 4 and 14 %. At an imaging follow-up of 15.2 {+-} 8.8 months, local recurrence-free survival was 14.4 {+-} 8.8 months and local tumor control rate was 93 %. GFR did not deteriorate after RF ablation (50.8 {+-} 16.6 ml/min/1.73 m{sup 2} before RF ablation vs. 47.2 {+-} 11.9 ml/min/1.73 m{sup 2} after RF ablation; not significant). Conclusions. CT-guided bipolar and multipolar RF ablation of RCC has a high rate of clinical success and low complication rates. At short-term follow-up, clinical efficacy is high without deterioration of the renal function.

  19. Laparoscopic vs computerized tomography-guided radiofrequency ablation for large hepatic hemangiomas abutting the diaphragm

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    Gao, Jun; Kong, Jian; Ding, Xue-Mei; Ke, Shan; Niu, Hai-Gang; Xin, Zong-Hai; Ning, Chun-Min; Guo, Shi-Gang; Li, Xiao-Long; Zhang, Long; Dong, Yong-Hong; Sun, Wen-Bing

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To compare safety and therapeutic efficacy of laparoscopic radiofrequency (RF) ablation vs computed tomography (CT)-guided RF ablation for large hepatic hemangiomas abutting the diaphragm. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed our sequential experience of treating 51 large hepatic hemangiomas abutting the diaphragm in 51 patients by CT-guided or laparoscopic RF ablation due to either the presence of symptoms and/or the enlargement of hemangioma. Altogether, 24 hemangiomas were ablated via a CT-guided percutaneous approach (CT-guided ablation group), and 27 hemangiomas were treated via a laparoscopic approach (laparoscopic ablation group). RESULTS: The mean diameter of the 51 hemangiomas was 9.6 ± 1.8 cm (range, 6.0-12.0 cm). There was no difference in the diameter of hemangiomas between the two groups (P > 0.05). RF ablation was performed successfully in all patients. There was no difference in ablation times between groups (P > 0.05). There were 23 thoracic complications in 17 patients: 15 (62.5%, 15/24) in the CT-guided ablation group and 2 (7.4%, 2/27) in the laparoscopic ablation group (P < 0.05). According to the Dindo-Clavien classification, two complications (pleural effusion and diaphragmatic rupture grade III) were major in two patients. All others were minor (grade I). Both major complications occurred in the CT-guided ablation group. The minor complications were treated successfully with conservative measures, and the two major complications underwent treatment by chest tube drainage and thoracoscopic surgery, respectively. Complete ablation was achieved in 91.7% (22/24) and 96.3% (26/27) in the CT-guided and the laparoscopic ablation groups, respectively (P > 0.05). CONCLUSION: Laparoscopic RF ablation therapy should be used as the first-line treatment option for large hepatic hemangiomas abutting the diaphragm. It avoids thermal injury to the diaphragm and reduces thoracic complications. PMID:26019459

  20. Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation Targeting the Vein of Marshall in Difficult Mitral Isthmus Ablation or Pulmonary Vein Isolation.

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    Lee, Ji Hyun; Nam, Gi-Byoung; Kim, Minsu; Hwang, You Mi; Hwang, Jongmin; Kim, Jun; Choi, Kee-Joon; Kim, You-Ho

    2017-04-01

    The ligament of Marshall may hinder the creation of mitral isthmus (MI) block or pulmonary vein (PV) isolation (PVI) in radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). We aimed to assess the benefit of RF ablation targeting the vein of Marshall (VOM) in failed cases of MI block or PVI. We reviewed the medical records of patients who underwent RF ablation targeting the VOM after failed MI ablation or left PVI using the conventional method, which included circumferential point-by-point ablation around the PV antrum and carina for PVI, and endocardial MI and epicardial distal coronary sinus (CS) ablation for MI block. The VOM was identified by using selective VOM venography with an external irrigation RF ablation catheter. RF ablation targeting the VOM was performed with RF application at the ostium of the VOM inside the CS or at the endocardial region facing the VOM course. During the set period, CS venography was performed in 42 patients after failure of left PVI (n = 5) or MI block (n = 37). Under CS venography, the VOM was visualized in 22 of 42 patients (MI = 19 and PVI = 3). During selective venography of the VOM, no procedure-related complication was observed. RF application targeting the VOM successfully achieved MI block in 13 patients (68.4%) and PVI in 2 patients (66.7%). Selective VOM venography using an irrigated ablation catheter is feasible and safe. RF ablation targeting the VOM may provide additional benefit in failed cases of MI block or PVI. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  1. [Newborn outcomes after radiofrequency ablation for selective reduction in the complicated monochorionic pregnancies].

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    Panciatici, M; Tosello, B; Blanc, J; Haumonté, J-B; D'Ercole, C; Gire, C

    2017-04-01

    To describe perinatal data and to evaluate the neonatal neurological outcome of monochorionic twin pregnancies with selective termination by radiofrequency ablation. Retrospective data of perinatal data for nine consecutive monochorionic pregnancies eligible for radiofrequency ablation from January 2013 to August 2015 were collected. A prospective observational study of the neurological outcome of nine children was conducted using the Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ), 2nd edition, French version, adapted to the age. The radiofrequency procedures were performed at a mean gestational age (GA) of 21.4 weeks (±7 weeks). The indications for a selective interruption of a pregnancy were: acardiac twin (n=4), brain malformation (n=1), severe intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) with massive cerebral ischemia in the context of twin-twin transfusion syndrome grade III (n=1), severe selective IUGR associated with a polymalformative syndrome (n=1) and severe selective IUGR (n=2). The mean GA at birth was 36.7 weeks GA (±3.8 weeks). No infant showed neurological neonatal morbidity. Any ASQ area explored was pathological (<-2SD) for the nine children (mean age at follow-up [±SD], 14.8 months [±8.8 months]). This work constitutes a preliminary study for developing long-term follow-up and early care programs for those children born subsequent to a radiofrequency ablation for selective reduction. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  2. Heat sink effect on tumor ablation characteristics as observed in monopolar radiofrequency, bipolar radiofrequency, and microwave, using ex vivo calf liver model.

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    Pillai, Krishna; Akhter, Javid; Chua, Terence C; Shehata, Mena; Alzahrani, Nayef; Al-Alem, Issan; Morris, David L

    2015-03-01

    Thermal ablation of liver tumors near large blood vessels is affected by the cooling effect of blood flow, leading to incomplete ablation. Hence, we conducted a comparative investigation of heat sink effect in monopolar (MP) and bipolar (BP) radiofrequency ablation (RFA), and microwave (MW) ablation devices.With a perfused calf liver, the ablative performances (volume, mass, density, dimensions), with and without heat sink, were measured. Heat sink was present when the ablative tip of the probes were 8.0 mm close to a major hepatic vein and absent when >30 mm away. Temperatures (T1 and T2) on either side of the hepatic vein near the tip of the probes, heating probe temperature (T3), outlet perfusate temperature (T4), and ablation time were monitored.With or without heat sink, BP radiofrequency ablated a larger volume and mass, compared with MP RFA or MW ablation, with latter device producing the highest density of tissue ablated. MW ablation produced an ellipsoidal shape while radiofrequency devices produced spheres.Percentage heat sink effect in Bipolar radiofrequency : Mono-polar radiofrequency : Microwave was (Volume) 33:41:22; (mass) 23:56:34; (density) 9.0:26:18; and (relative elipscity) 5.8:12.9:1.3, indicating that BP and MW devices were less affected.Percentage heat sink effect on time (minutes) to reach maximum temperature (W) = 13.28:9.2:29.8; time at maximum temperature (X) is 87:66:16.66; temperature difference (Y) between the thermal probes (T3) and the temperature (T1 + T2)/2 on either side of the hepatic vessel was 100:87:20; and temperature difference between the (T1 + T2)/2 and temperature of outlet circulating solution (T4), Z was 20.33:30.23:37.5.MW and BP radiofrequencies were less affected by heat sink while MP RFA was the most affected. With a single ablation, BP radiofrequency ablated a larger volume and mass regardless of heat sink.

  3. Heat Sink Effect on Tumor Ablation Characteristics as Observed in Monopolar Radiofrequency, Bipolar Radiofrequency, and Microwave, Using Ex Vivo Calf Liver Model

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    Pillai, Krishna; Akhter, Javid; Chua, Terence C.; Shehata, Mena; Alzahrani, Nayef; Al-Alem, Issan; Morris, David L.

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Thermal ablation of liver tumors near large blood vessels is affected by the cooling effect of blood flow, leading to incomplete ablation. Hence, we conducted a comparative investigation of heat sink effect in monopolar (MP) and bipolar (BP) radiofrequency ablation (RFA), and microwave (MW) ablation devices. With a perfused calf liver, the ablative performances (volume, mass, density, dimensions), with and without heat sink, were measured. Heat sink was present when the ablative tip of the probes were 8.0 mm close to a major hepatic vein and absent when >30 mm away. Temperatures (T1 and T2) on either side of the hepatic vein near the tip of the probes, heating probe temperature (T3), outlet perfusate temperature (T4), and ablation time were monitored. With or without heat sink, BP radiofrequency ablated a larger volume and mass, compared with MP RFA or MW ablation, with latter device producing the highest density of tissue ablated. MW ablation produced an ellipsoidal shape while radiofrequency devices produced spheres. Percentage heat sink effect in Bipolar radiofrequency : Mono-polar radiofrequency : Microwave was (Volume) 33:41:22; (mass) 23:56:34; (density) 9.0:26:18; and (relative elipscity) 5.8:12.9:1.3, indicating that BP and MW devices were less affected. Percentage heat sink effect on time (minutes) to reach maximum temperature (W) = 13.28:9.2:29.8; time at maximum temperature (X) is 87:66:16.66; temperature difference (Y) between the thermal probes (T3) and the temperature (T1 + T2)/2 on either side of the hepatic vessel was 100:87:20; and temperature difference between the (T1 + T2)/2 and temperature of outlet circulating solution (T4), Z was 20.33:30.23:37.5. MW and BP radiofrequencies were less affected by heat sink while MP RFA was the most affected. With a single ablation, BP radiofrequency ablated a larger volume and mass regardless of heat sink. PMID:25738477

  4. Feasibility of a Low-Power Radiofrequency Ablation Protocol to Delay Steam Popping.

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    Choe, Jooae; Kim, Kyung Won; Kim, Young Il; Chung, Jin Wook; Huh, Jimi; Park, Jisuk; Ham, Su Jung; Jun, Myong Ki; Kim, Pyo Nyun

    2016-02-01

    Steam popping frequently occurs during conventional high-power radiofrequency (RF) ablation, increasing the risk of tumor spread. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of a low-power RF ablation protocol on the intensity and timing of steam popping in ex vivo bovine liver. High-power (maximum 200 W; group 1) and low-power (maximum 70 W; group 2) RF ablation protocols were established. In the first phase, RF ablation was conducted for 12 min. Ablation volume, intensity, and timing of maximal popping sounds and total energy generated for RF ablation were compared between groups 1 and 2. In the second phase, RF ablation was conducted until maximal popping occurred, and ablation zones on histologic specimens were compared. Relative to group 1, maximal popping occurred at significantly delayed timing in group 2 (50 s ± 11 vs 397 s ± 117; P < .001), but without a difference in intensity (ratios vs reference sound of 0.70 ± 0.18 vs 0.83 ± 0.26; P = .138). The ablation volume after 12 min of RF ablation did not differ between groups 1 and 2 (18.46 cm(3) ± 1.35 vs 15.78 cm(3) ± 0.64; P = .086). However, in the histologic specimens obtained when maximal popping occurred, the area of complete coagulative necrosis was significantly larger in group 2 (P < .05). Low-power RF ablation delays steam popping while providing comparable therapeutic effects to high-power RF ablation. Delaying maximal popping may prevent tumor cell dispersion because maximal popping occurs after an adequate ablation zone has been achieved. Copyright © 2016 SIR. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Radiofrequency Ablation for the Treatment of Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Patients with Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunts

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    Park, Jonathan K.; Al-Tariq, Quazi Z.; Zaw, Taryar M. Raman, Steven S. Lu, David S.K.

    2015-10-15

    PurposeTo assess radiofrequency (RF) ablation efficacy, as well as the patency of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts (TIPSs), in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).Materials and MethodsRetrospective database review of patients with pre-existing TIPS undergoing RF ablation of HCC was conducted over a 159-month period ending in November 2013. TIPS patency pre- and post-RF ablation was assessed by ultrasound, angiography, and/or contrast-enhanced CT or MRI. Patient demographics and immediate post-RF ablation outcomes and complications were also reviewed.Results19 patients with 21 lesions undergoing 25 RF ablation sessions were included. Child-Pugh class A, B, and C scores were seen in 1, 13, and 5 patients, respectively. Eleven patients (58 %) ultimately underwent liver transplantation. Immediate technical success was seen in all ablation sessions without residual tumor enhancement (100 %). No patients (0 %) suffered liver failure within 1 month of ablation. Pre-ablation TIPS patency was demonstrated in 22/25 sessions (88 %). Of 22 cases with patent TIPS prior to ablation, post-ablation patency was demonstrated in 22/22 (100 %) at immediate post-ablation imaging and in 21/22 (95 %) at last follow-up (1 patient was incidentally noted to have occlusion 31 months later). No immediate complications were observed.ConclusionAblation efficacy was similar to the cited literature values for patients without TIPS. Furthermore, TIPS patency was preserved in the majority of cases. Patients with both portal hypertension and HCC are not uncommonly encountered, and a pre-existing TIPS does not appear to be a definite contraindication for RF ablation.

  6. [The radiofrequency ablation of accessory pathways in 100 consecutive patients with supraventricular tachycardias].

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    Colín, L; Kershenovich, S; Iturralde, P; Dan, L; Martínez Ríos, M A; Casanova, M; González Hermosillo, J A

    1993-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to describe the results and the complications of radiofrequency catheter ablation, of accessory pathways in 100 consecutive patients. We had one patient with two pathways. Of the 101 accessory pathways, 56 were overt and 45 concealed. Only 19 patients have had a previous electrophysiology study, in the others, the study and the ablation were performed simultaneously. The location of the accessory pathways were as follows: 61 pathways in the free wall of the left ventricle, 4 in the free wall of the right ventricle, 25 in the left posteroseptal region, 9 in the right posteroseptal region and 2 in the right anteroseptal area. The time required for the diagnostic component of the electrophysiology study, the ablation procedure and the fluoroscopic time was recorded for each patient. Ninety-one of 101 accessory AV connections were successfully ablated (90%). Our success rate for the initial attempt was 87%. We had the opportunity to do a second attempt in only 4 out of 14 patients. The mean time of the procedure, including the electrophysiology test and the ablation was 95.6 %/-55.3 minutes. We have had a recurrence of 9% and 4% of non fatal complications. Radiofrequency catheter ablation can be performed safely and with a high success rate.

  7. [Endocavitary ablation for arrhythmias. New modalities of radiofrequency applications. New energy types].

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    Cauchemez, B; Lavergne, Th; Extramiana, F; Siliste, C; Leenhardt, A; Coumel, Ph

    2002-04-01

    Radiofrequency remains the reference energy type for catheter ablation of rhythm disorders. In the classic indications, which are atrial flutter or tachycardia, nodal re-entry and Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, this energy source has the best cost-efficiency-safety ratio, subject to strict conditions of use. Some new modalities of application have further improved performance, especially active irrigation of the electrode which allows induction of deeper lesions which is very useful for the ablation of difficult atrial flutters, epicardial fascicles of Kent and ischaemic ventricular tachycardias. The only emerging alternative energy type, in the framework of classical ablation, is cold, for which the principal advantages are the homogenous and slightly thrombogenic character for the lesion involved, and the possibility of reversible applications tests which are especially useful in the ablation of structures at risk. The situation is more open-ended concerning research on ablation for atrial fibrillation or the so-called new energy types, such as ultrasound and laser, whilst recognising a renewal in interest, especially for circumferential ablation of the pulmonary veins to isolate the ectopic venous foci. Mechanical energy such as luminous energy is emitted across a catheter balloon deployed at the orifice of the vein, perpendicular to its axis, aiming to reach a continuous circumferential lesion with a minimum of applications. Equally radiofrequency has been undergoing significant evolution for this application, such as by the development of porous catheter balloons with a liquid electrode, as well as by the development of deployable circumferential catheters. Ablation is use for atrial fibrillation, by endocavity atrial segmentation remains a field of research in which radiofrequency retains an important place. It is delivered via multi-electrode catheters according to the new application modalities, either pulsed or by phase interval, which secure better

  8. Percutaneous Radiofrequency Lung Ablation Combined with Transbronchial Saline Injection: An Experimental Study in Swine

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    Kawai, T. Kaminou, T. Sugiura, K.; Hashimoto, M.; Ohuchi, Y.; Adachi, A.; Fujioka, S.; Ito, H.; Nakamura, K.; Ihaya, T.; Ogawa, T.

    2010-02-15

    To evaluate the efficacy of radiofrequency lung ablation with transbronchial saline injection. The bilateral lungs of eight living swine were used. A 13-gauge bone biopsy needle was inserted percutaneously into the lung, and 1 ml of muscle paste was injected to create a tumor mimic. In total, 21 nodules were ablated. In the saline injection group (group A), radiofrequency ablation (RFA) was performed for 11 nodules after transbronchial saline injection under balloon occlusion with a 2-cm active single internally cooled electrode. In the control group (group B), conventional RFA was performed for 10 nodules as a control. The infused saline liquid showed a wedge-shaped and homogeneous distribution surrounding a tumor mimic. All 21 RFAs were successfully completed. The total ablation time was significantly longer (13.4 {+-} 2.8 min vs. 8.9 {+-} 3.5 min; P = 0.0061) and the tissue impedance was significantly lower in group A compared with group B (73.1 {+-} 8.8 {Omega} vs. 100.6 {+-} 16.6 {Omega}; P = 0.0002). The temperature of the ablated area was not significantly different (69.4 {+-} 9.1{sup o}C vs. 66.0 {+-} 7.9{sup o}C; P = 0.4038). There was no significant difference of tumor mimic volume (769 {+-} 343 mm{sup 3} vs. 625 {+-} 191 mm{sup 3}; P = 0.2783). The volume of the coagulated area was significantly larger in group A than in group B (3886 {+-} 1247 mm{sup 3} vs. 2375 {+-} 1395 mm{sup 3}; P = 0.0221). Percutaneous radiofrequency lung ablation combined with transbronchial saline injection can create an extended area of ablation.

  9. Tracked 3D ultrasound in radio-frequency liver ablation

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    Boctor, Emad M.; Fichtinger, Gabor; Taylor, Russell H.; Choti, Michael A.

    2003-05-01

    Recent studies have shown that radio frequency (RF) ablation is a simple, safe and potentially effective treatment for selected patients with liver metastases. Despite all recent therapeutic advancements, however, intra-procedural target localization and precise and consistent placement of the tissue ablator device are still unsolved problems. Various imaging modalities, including ultrasound (US) and computed tomography (CT) have been tried as guidance modalities. Transcutaneous US imaging, due to its real-time nature, may be beneficial in many cases, but unfortunately, fails to adequately visualize the tumor in many cases. Intraoperative or laparoscopic US, on the other hand, provides improved visualization and target imaging. This paper describes a system for computer-assisted RF ablation of liver tumors, combining navigational tracking of a conventional imaging ultrasound probe to produce 3D ultrasound imaging with a tracked RF ablation device supported by a passive mechanical arm and spatially registered to the ultrasound volume.

  10. Percutaneous Intraductal Radiofrequency Ablation is a Safe Treatment for Malignant Biliary Obstruction: Feasibility and Early Results

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    Mizandari, Malkhaz; Pai, Madhava Xi Feng; Valek, Vlastimil; Tomas, Andrasina; Quaretti, Pietro; Golfieri, Rita; Mosconi, Cristina; Ao Guokun; Kyriakides, Charis; Dickinson, Robert; Nicholls, Joanna; Habib, Nagy

    2013-06-15

    Purpose. Previous clinical studies have shown the safety and efficacy of this novel radiofrequency ablation catheter when used for endoscopic palliative procedures. We report a retrospective study with the results of first in man percutaneous intraductal radiofrequency ablation in patients with malignant biliary obstruction. Methods. Thirty-nine patients with inoperable malignant biliary obstruction were included. These patients underwent intraductal biliary radiofrequency ablation of their malignant biliary strictures following external biliary decompression with an internal-external biliary drainage. Following ablation, they had a metal stent inserted. Results. Following this intervention, there were no 30-day mortality, hemorrhage, bile duct perforation, bile leak, or pancreatitis. Of the 39 patients, 28 are alive and 10 patients are dead with a median survival of 89.5 (range 14-260) days and median stent patency of 84.5 (range 14-260) days. One patient was lost to follow-up. All but one patient had their stent patent at the time of last follow-up or death. One patient with stent blockage at 42 days postprocedure underwent percutaneous transhepatic drain insertion and restenting. Among the patients who are alive (n = 28) the median stent patency was 92 (range 14-260) days, whereas the patients who died (n = 10) had a median stent patency of 62.5 (range 38-210) days. Conclusions. In this group of patients, it appears that this new approach is feasible and safe. Efficacy remains to be proven in future, randomized, prospective studies.

  11. Results of radiofrequency ablation for permanent atrial fibrillation in patients undergoing mitral valve surgery.

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    Zhou, Yong-xin; Leobon, Bertrand; Roux, Daniel; Glock, Yves; Mei, Yun-qing; Wang, Yong-wu; Fournial, Gérard

    2009-12-01

    The study aim was to evaluate the safety and feasibility of radiofrequency ablation for the surgical treatment of permanent atrial fibrillation in patients with degenerative mitral valve disease. From August 2000 to August 2003, 40 consecutive patients (mean age 69.0 +/- 9.3 years) with permanent atrial fibrillation and degenerative mitral valve disease underwent surgical radiofrequency ablation in conjunction with 22 mitral valve repairs and 18 mitral valve replacements. The mean duration of chronic AF was 5.1 +/- 3.4 years. The completeness of follow-up was 100%. The mean follow-up time was 4.6 +/- 2.0 years (range 0 to 7.8 years). Thirty-day mortality was 2.5% (1 patient), the cause of death was cardiac failure. Cardiac failure and temporary A-V block were the most common postoperative complications. Both occurred in 10% (4 patients). No complication was related to the ablation procedure. At discharge, 65% (26/40) of the patients were in sinus rhythm. Overall incidence of sinus rhythm at the end of the follow-up was 56.4% (22/39).The 1-, 3- and 5-year survival was 97.5%, 91.8% and 85.9%, respectively. Mitral valve surgery combined with radiofrequency ablation is a safe and effective procedure in patients with permanent atrial fibrillation and degenerative mitral valve disease. The result is encouraging in restoring sinus rhythm, and an excellent postoperative survival rate can be achieved.

  12. [A comparative study between surgical section and radiofrequency ablation of the anomalous pathways in the WPW syndrome].

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    Iturralde, P; Colín, L; Kershenovich, S; Saucedo, J; de Micheli, A; Barragán, R; Martínez Rios, M A; González Hermosillo, J A

    1993-01-01

    Radiofrequency catheter ablation is an effective alternative to medical therapy to patient with Wolff Parkinson White syndrome (WPW). The purpose of this study is to compare our results in 70 patients with WPW that underwent either surgery or ablation procedure with radiofrequency energy. Of this number of patients the surgical procedure was successful in 82%; complications were present in 15% and mortality in 8%. Average hospitalization was 6 to 10 days and cost from 2 to 10 thousand of new pesos. On the other hand, of 44 patients that underwent radiofrequency ablation, in 80% the procedure was finally successful with recurrence of 9% and no mortality. The hospitalization period was one day, the cost run from 500 to 2 thousand of new pesos in our institution. These results demonstrate the efficacy of the radiofrequency energy ablation in the treatment of WPW. This procedure is safe and less expensive than surgery.

  13. Enlargement of thermal ablation zone by the combination of ethanol injection and radiofrequency ablation in excised bovine liver.

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    Watanabe, Seishiro; Kurokohchi, Kazutaka; Masaki, Tsutomu; Miyauchi, Yoshiaki; Funaki, Toshiharu; Inoue, Hideyuki; Himoto, Takashi; Kita, Yuko; Uchida, Naohito; Touge, Tetsuo; Tatsukawa, Toshiaki; Kuriyama, Shigeki

    2004-02-01

    The efficacy of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and RFA with concurrent ethanol injection (EI-RFA) was compared. RFA (3-cm-electrode) was applied to bovine liver using three types of RFA equipment; Radionics, RITA and Radio Therapeutics Corporation (RTC). For EI-RFA, 5 ml of 99.5% ethanol was injected around the electrode. A total number of 40 RFA and EI-RFA treatments were performed. We compared RFA with EI-RFA by examining the size, shape of ablation zone, treatment time, power, and needle tip temperature. Liver specimens were examined for pathological changes. EI-RFA produced a larger zone of ablation than RFA alone using Radionics and RITA (Radionics, 35.3+/-7.4 cm(3) vs 23.2+/-7.7 cm(3), p<0.05; RITA, 30.7+/-10.3 cm(3) vs 19.7+/-4.7 cm(3), p<0.05), corresponding to shortest diameters of coagulation zone (Radionics, 3.7+/-0.4 cm vs 3.0+/-0.4 cm, p<0.05; RITA, 3.8+/-0.4 cm vs 3.1+/-0.3 cm, p<0.01). However, a larger ablation zone was not seen with the RTC device. The ablated volume per energy and the ablated volume per current density administered were greater with EI-RFA than with RFA using Radionics (p<0.05). The shape of the ablated zone changed from ellipsoid to spherical with EI-RFA using Radionics. No pathological differences between RFA and EI-RFA samples were detected. For a given amount of energy and current administered, ethanol injection caused a better ablation effect, in terms of the size and shape of the ablated zone, than RFA with Radionics and RITA equipment.

  14. Diluted hydrochloric acid generates larger radiofrequency ablation lesions in excised porcine livers.

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    Luo, Rong-Guang; Fao, Fei; Huang, Jin-Hua; Gu, Yang-Kui; Jiang, Xiong-Ying; Huang, Ying-Jie

    2013-01-01

    This study evaluated the influence of continuous infusion of diluted hydrochloric acid during radiofrequency ablation (RFA) on the size of ablated lesions. Experiments were performed in 20 excised porcine livers using three different treatment modalities: (1) normal saline-enhanced RFA (NS-RFA), which was normal saline pumped into ablated tissue during RFA; (2) diluted hydrochloric acid ablation (DHAA), which was 3 mol/L diluted hydrochloric acid (HCl) injected into hepatic tissue without RFA; and (3) HCl-enhanced RFA (HCl-RFA), which was 3 mol/L diluted HCl continuously infused into ablated tissue during RFA. We produced 20 HCl-RFA and NS-RFA lesions, respectively, using a monopolar perfusion electrode connected to a commercially available radiofrequency generator, and 20 DHAA lesions using an 18-gauge Chiba needle. The ablated lesions were evaluated both macroscopically and histologically. Dimensions of lesions were compared among HCl-RFA, NS-RFA, and DHAA. The ablated lesions had an elliptical-like shape and were well-demarcated with normal liver tissue. The mean volume, longitudinal diameter, and transverse diameter of NS-RFA lesions were 11.24±0.29 cm(3), 3.4±0.07 cm, and 2.48±0.03 cm, those of HCl-RFA lesions were 58.14±3.05 cm(3), 5.51±0.05 cm, and 4.49±0.11 cm, and those of DHAA lesions were 4.41±0.16 cm(3), 2.43±0.08 cm, and 1.8±0.03 cm, respectively. The mean dimensions of HCl-RFA lesions were the largest among the three types of ablation (P < 0.001). Under the present experimental conditions, the continuous infusion of diluted HCl during RFA can generate larger ablated lesions than NS-RFA or DHAA in excised porcine livers.

  15. Survival after Radiofrequency Ablation in 122 Patients with Inoperable Colorectal Lung Metastases

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    Gillams, Alice; Khan, Zahid; Osborn, Peter; Lees, William

    2013-06-15

    Purpose. To analyze the factors associated with favorable survival in patients with inoperable colorectal lung metastases treated with percutaneous image-guided radiofrequency ablation. Methods. Between 2002 and 2011, a total of 398 metastases were ablated in 122 patients (87 male, median age 68 years, range 29-90 years) at 256 procedures. Percutaneous CT-guided cool-tip radiofrequency ablation was performed under sedation/general anesthesia. Maximum tumor size, number of tumors ablated, number of procedures, concurrent/prior liver ablation, previous liver or lung resection, systemic chemotherapy, disease-free interval from primary resection to lung metastasis, and survival from first ablation were recorded prospectively. Kaplan-Meier analysis was performed, and factors were compared by log rank test. Results. The initial number of metastases ablated was 2.3 (range 1-8); the total number was 3.3 (range 1-15). The maximum tumor diameter was 1.7 (range 0.5-4) cm, and the number of procedures was 2 (range 1-10). The major complication rate was 3.9 %. Overall median and 3-year survival rate were 41 months and 57 %. Survival was better in patients with smaller tumors-a median of 51 months, with 3-year survival of 64 % for tumors 2 cm or smaller versus 31 months and 44 % for tumors 2.1-4 cm (p = 0.08). The number of metastases ablated and whether the tumors were unilateral or bilateral did not affect survival. The presence of treated liver metastases, systemic chemotherapy, or prior lung resection did not affect survival. Conclusion. Three-year survival of 57 % in patients with inoperable colorectal lung metastases is better than would be expected with chemotherapy alone. Patients with inoperable but small-volume colorectal lung metastases should be referred for ablation.

  16. Electrophysiological Studies and Radiofrequency Ablations in Children and Adolescents with Arrhythmia

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    Simão, Mariana Fernandez; Rios, Matheus Nardi; Leiria, Tiago Luiz Luz; Kruse, Marcelo Lapa; Pires, Leonardo Martins; SantAnna, Roberto Tofani; de Lima, Gustavo Glotz

    2015-01-01

    Background Radiofrequency ablation is the standard non-pharmacological treatment for arrhythmias in pediatric patients. However, arrhythmias and their associated causes have particular features in this population. Objective To analyze the epidemiological characteristics and findings of electrophysiological diagnostic studies and radiofrequency ablations in pediatric patients referred to the Electrophysiology Unit at Instituto de Cardiologia do Rio Grande do Sul, in order to characterize the particularities of this population. Methods Cross-sectional study with 330 electrophysiological procedures performed in patients aged less than 20 years between June 1997 and August 2013. Results In total, 330 procedures (9.6% of the overall procedures) were performed in patients aged less than 20 years (14.33 ± 3.25 years, age range 3 months to 19 years), 201 of which were males (60.9%). A total of 108 (32.7%) electrophysiological diagnostic studies were performed and of these, 48.1% showed abnormal findings. Overall, 219 radiofrequency ablations were performed (66.3%) with a success rate of 84.8%. The presence of an accessory pathway was the most prevalent finding, occurring in 158 cases (72.1%), followed by atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (16.8%), typical atrial flutter (3.1%) and extrasystoles originating from the right ventricular outflow tract (2.7%). Three patients developed complications during ablation (1.4%). Among congenital heart diseases, which occurred in 51 (15.4%) patients, atrial sept defect was the most frequent (27.4%), followed by ventricular sept defect (25.4%) and Ebstein's anomaly (17.6%). Conclusion Electrophysiological study and radiofrequency ablation are effective tools for diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias in the pediatric population. PMID:25372472

  17. Thermal Ablation of Lung Tissue: In Vivo Experimental Comparison of Microwave and Radiofrequency

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    Crocetti, Laura Bozzi, Elena; Faviana, Pinuccia; Cioni, Dania; Della Pina, Clotilde; Sbrana, Alberto; Fontanini, Gabriella; Lencioni, Riccardo

    2010-08-15

    This study was designed to compare feasibility, safety, and effectiveness of microwave (MW) ablation versus radiofrequency (RF) ablation of lung tissue in a rabbit model. Twenty New Zealand White rabbits were submitted to MW (n = 10, group A) or RF ablation (n = 10, group B). The procedures were performed with a prototype MW ablation device with a 1.6-cm radiating section antenna (Valleylab MW Ablation System) and with a 2-cm exposed-tip RF electrode (Cool-tip RF Ablation System). At immediate computed tomography increase in density, maximum diameters (D1-D3) of ablation zones were measured and ablation volume was calculated. Histopathologic assessment was performed 3 and 7 days after the procedure. Technical success was achieved in nine of 10 rabbits in each group. One death occurred in group B. Complications included pneumothorax (group A, n = 4; group B, n = 4), abscess (group A, n = 1; group B, n = 1), and thoracic wall burn (group A, n = 4). No significant differences were demonstrated in attenuation increase (P = 0.73), dimensions (P = 0.28, 0.86, 0.06, respectively, comparing D1-D3) and volume (P = 0.17). At histopathology, ablation zones were similar, with septal necrosis, edema, hemorrhage, and peripheral lymphocytic infiltrate. Complete thrombosis of more than 90% of vessels up to 2 mm in diameter was depicted at the periphery of the ablation zone in group A specimens. In group B specimens, complete thrombosis was depicted in 20% of vessels. Feasibility and safety of MW and RF ablation are similar in a lung rabbit model. MW ablation produces a greater damage to peripheral small vessels inducing thrombosis.

  18. Influence of warfarin on the success of endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) of the great saphenous vein (GSV).

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    Theivacumar, N S; Gough, M J

    2009-10-01

    Although warfarin is routinely stopped prior to varicose vein surgery the absence of incisions may make this unnecessary prior to EVLA. Nevertheless continuing therapy may compromise ablation rates resulting in treatment failure. Since EVLA is particularly suitable for older patients with co-morbidities this study investigates whether warfarin influences outcome. A prospective observational cohort study was designed to assess ablation rates (1 year, duplex ultrasound), Aberdeen varicose vein symptom severity scores (AVVSS) and patient satisfaction following GSV EVLA in 22 patients ("warfarin group": 12 female, 10 male; 24 limbs) taking warfarin and 24 age/sex and disease-severity matched controls who were not taking anticoagulants ("no-warfarin group"). Complete ablation of the treated-length of GSV was achieved in 20/24 (83%) limbs in the "warfarin group" versus 23/24 (96%) in the "no-warfarin" group (p=0.347, chi squared). Suboptimal energy densities were delivered to 3/4 failures in the "warfarin group". A similar, significant (p<0.001, Wilcoxon) improvement in AVVSS occurred in both groups [warfarin: median 14.6 (inter-quartile range 8.9-19.1) to 3.8 (1.9-6.2), no-warfarin: median 13.9 (IQR 7.6-20.1) to 3.5 (2.2-6.4)]. Patients were equally satisfied with outcomes (warfarin=92%, no-warfarin=90%; p=0.391, Mann-Whitney). No major complications occurred. EVLA in patients taking warfarin is safe and effective. Since cessation of therapy is unnecessary it should provide a valuable alternative to surgery in these patients.

  19. VeClose trial 12-month outcomes of cyanoacrylate closure versus radiofrequency ablation for incompetent great saphenous veins.

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    Morrison, Nick; Gibson, Kathleen; Vasquez, Michael; Weiss, Robert; Cher, Daniel; Madsen, Monte; Jones, Andrew

    2017-05-01

    Endovenous cyanoacrylate closure (CAC) is a new U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved therapy for treatment of clinically symptomatic venous reflux in saphenous veins. The device is indicated for the permanent closure of lower extremity superficial truncal veins, such as the great saphenous vein (GSV). Early results from a randomized trial of CAC have been reported previously. Herein we report 1-year outcomes. There were 222 subjects with symptomatic GSV incompetence randomly assigned to receive either CAC (n = 108) or radiofrequency ablation (RFA; n = 114). After the month 3 visit, subjects could receive adjunctive therapies aimed at treating visible varicosities and incompetent tributaries. Vein closure was assessed at day 3 and months 1, 3, 6, and 12 using duplex ultrasound. Additional study visit assessments included the Venous Clinical Severity Score; Clinical, Etiology, Anatomy, and Pathophysiology classification; EuroQol-5 Dimension; and Aberdeen Varicose Vein Questionnaire. Both time to closure and time to first reopening of the target vein were evaluated using survival curve analysis. Adverse events were evaluated at each visit. Of 222 enrolled and randomized subjects, a 12-month follow-up was obtained for 192 (95 CAC and 97 RFA; total follow-up rate, 192/222 [86.5%]). By month 1, 100% of CAC subjects and 87% of RFA subjects demonstrated complete occlusion of the target vein. By month 12, the complete occlusion rate was nearly identical in both groups (97.2% in the CAC group and 97.0% in the RFA group). Twelve-month freedom from recanalization was similar in the CAC and RFA groups, although there was a trend toward greater freedom from recanalization in the CAC group (P = .08). Symptoms and quality of life improved equally in both groups. Most adverse events were mild to moderate and not related to the device or procedure. In patients with incompetent GSVs, treatment with both CAC and RFA results in high occlusion rates. Time to complete occlusion

  20. Optimizing electrode placement using finite-element models in radiofrequency ablation treatment planning.

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    Chen, Chun-Cheng R; Miga, Michael I; Galloway, Robert L

    2009-02-01

    Conventional radiofrequency ablation (RFA) planning methods for identifying suitable electrode placements typically use geometric shapes to model ablation outcomes. A method is presented for searching electrode placements that couples finite-element models (FEMs) of RFA together with a novel optimization strategy. The method was designed to reduce the need for model solutions per local search step. The optimization strategy was tested against scenarios requiring single and multiple ablations. In particular, for a scenario requiring multiple ablations, a domain decomposition strategy was described to minimize the complexity of simultaneously searching multiple electrode placements. The effects of nearby vasculature on optimal electrode placement were also studied. Compared with geometric planning approaches, FEMs could potentially deliver electrode placement plans that provide more physically meaningful predictions of therapeutic outcomes.

  1. Towards patient-specific modelling of lesion formation during radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation

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    Soor, Navjeevan; Morgan, Ross; Varela, Marta; Aslanidi, Oleg V.

    2017-01-01

    Radiofrequency catheter ablation procedures are a first-line method of clinical treatment for atrial fibrillation. However, they suffer from suboptimal success rates and are also prone to potentially serious adverse effects. These limitations can be at least partially attributed to the inter- and intra- patient variations in atrial wall thickness, and could be mitigated by patient-specific approaches to the procedure. In this study, a modelling approach to optimising ablation procedures in subject-specific 3D atrial geometries was applied. The approach enabled the evaluation of optimal ablation times to create lesions for a given wall thickness measured from MRI. A nonliner relationship was revealed between the thickness and catheter contact time required for fully transmural lesions. Hence, our approach based on MRI reconstruction of the atrial wall combined with subject-specific modelling of ablation can provide useful information for improving clinical procedures.

  2. Fifteen Year Results of Radiofrequency Ablation, Using VNUS Closure, for the Abolition of Truncal Venous Reflux in Patients with Varicose Veins.

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    Whiteley, M S; Shiangoli, I; Dos Santos, S J; Dabbs, E B; Fernandez-Hart, T J; Holdstock, J M

    2017-09-01

    Endovenous thermal ablation (EVTA) of varicose veins was introduced in the late 1990s with radiofrequency ablation (RFA) using the VNUS Closure device. The results of the original VNUS Closure device for the abolition of truncal venous reflux at 15 years are reported. A prospective audit of a group of patients treated with VNUS Closure 15 years previously was carried out, using clinical assessment and duplex ultrasound. A total of 189 patients were treated with VNUS Closure between March 1999 and December 2001 and were invited for clinical assessment (subjective and objective) and duplex ultrasonography (DUS) to assess treatment outcome and de novo disease progression. DUS outcome of the treated vein was graded: 1, complete success (complete atrophy); 2, partial success (> 1 patent section; none giving rise to recurrent varicose veins); 3, partial failure (≥ 1 patent sections giving rise to recurrent varicose veins); 4, complete failure. Fifty-eight patients (91 legs, 101 truncal veins) returned for follow-up DUS, giving a 31.5% response rate (many patients had moved or had died in the 15 years). Two truncal veins had been excluded following treatment elsewhere presumably for partial or complete failure. At a mean of 15.4 years post-procedure, 51 (56%) reported no varicose veins, 58 (100%) that they were pleased that they had the procedure and 57 (98%) that they would recommend the procedure. DUS showed 88% of patients achieved success with no clinical recurrence in the originally treated veins. De novo reflux was identified in 47 of 91 legs (51.6%), showing disease progression in veins that were originally competent. RFA with VNUS Closure achieved excellent long-term technical success in treating venous reflux in truncal veins 15 years post-procedure, demonstrated by DUS. This bodes well for the increased use of EVTA in treating truncal vein reflux. Copyright © 2017 European Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Spontaneous left atrial reentry tachycardias : radiofrequency ablation and outcome.

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    Schneider, R; Schneider, C; Bänsch, D

    2015-02-01

    Spontaneous left atrial reentry tachycardias (LART) in patients without previous cardiac surgical or catheter ablation are rare. Several therapeutic concepts of catheter ablation have been suggested: linear lesions (LL), circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (PVI), and both (LL + PVI). In all, 28 consecutive symptomatic patients with 51 LARTs presented to our institution for catheter ablation. Electroanatomical mapping was performed on 25 patients. Three patients were ablated conventionally during LART; 25 patients (89.3 %) had extensive low-voltage areas in the left atrium (atrial myopathy). One of the following ablation strategies was applied: first, LL (n = 8), second, PVI + LL (n = 11), and third PVI alone (n = 9). Fourteen patients (50 %) had a recurrent arrhythmia during a mean follow-up of 12.2 ± 11.1 months. Six patients presented with a recurrent LART (21.4 %), 4 with LART and atrial fibrillation (Afib) (14.3 %), and 4 with Afib (14.3 %). The recurrence rate of any arrhythmia (LART and Afib) was 37.5 % in the LL group, 44.4 % in the PVI group, and 63.6 % in the PVI + LL group (ns); the recurrence rate of LARTs was 12.5 % in the LL group, 22.2 % in the PVI group, and 63.6 % in the PVI + LL group (p < 0.05). Atrial tachyarrhythmia recurrence after ablation of spontaneous LART in mid-term is considerable. Stable LARTs are effectively treated by LL. PVI alone may be an acceptable alternative, especially in patients with unstable LARTs and Afib. However, the risk of recurrent LARTs after a more extensive strategy with PVI and LL is considerable, probably due to proarrhythmic effects of long linear lesions.

  4. Radiofrequency (electrosurgical) ablation of articular cartilage: a study in sheep.

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    Turner, A S; Tippett, J W; Powers, B E; Dewell, R D; Mallinckrodt, C H

    1998-09-01

    The objective of this study was to examine the effect of a bipolar ablation probe on experimentally roughened articular cartilage and compare it with the traditional mechanical shaving technique using the knee joint of sheep. Twenty-eight skeletally mature ewes were divided randomly into two groups: one group was treated with a rotating shaving device and another group was treated using the bipolar ablation probe (Bipolar Arthroscopic Probe; Electroscope, Inc, Boulder, CO). Animals were killed at 0, 6, 12, and 24 weeks, and histological sections of the experimental limbs were compared with sections of the opposite limb using a modified Mankin scale. The following variables were used to determine scores: surface (0-6), cells (0-4), hypocellularity (0-3), matrix staining (transitional zone [0-4], radiate zone [0-4], and focal empty lacunae or hypereosinophilic cells (0-3). Differences in scores for all response variables were calculated as treated limb minus sham limb. Response variables were formed: score >0 recoded as 1 (favorable response treated better than sham), score of 0 recoded as 2 (neutral response no differences), and score <0 recoded as 3 (unfavorable response treated worse than sham). Bipolar ablative probe-treated limbs had 14.29% favorable responses and 35.71% favorable or neutral responses, whereas shave-treated limbs had 0% favorable and only 7.14% favorable or neutral responses. For all variables, bipolar ablative probe-treated limbs had more favorable responses. The less severe histological change in the bipolar ablative probe-treated joints compared with the shave-treated joints suggests that bipolar ablation of articular cartilage may be a better treatment for chondromalacia than the usual shaving methods of debridement. Further, there were no pathological changes in the subchondral bone.

  5. Ablation of hypertrophic septum using radiofrequency energy: an alternative for gradient reduction in patient with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy?

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    Riedlbauchová, Lucie; Janoušek, Jan; Veselka, Josef

    2013-06-01

    Alcohol septal ablation and surgical myectomy represent accepted therapeutic options for treatment of symptomatic patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. Long-term experience with radiofrequency ablation of arrhythmogenic substrates raised a question if this technique might be effective for left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) gradient reduction. We report on a 63-year-old patient with recurrence of symptoms 1 year after alcohol septal ablation (ASA) leading originally to a significant reduction of both symptoms and gradient. Due to a new increase of gradient in the LVOT up to 200 mm Hg with corresponding worsening of symptoms and due to refusal of surgical myectomy by the patient, endocardial radiofrequency ablation of the septal hypertrophy (ERASH) was indicated. Radiofrequency ablation was performed in the LVOT using irrigated-tip ablation catheter; the target site was identified using intracardiac echocardiography and electroanatomical CARTO mapping. ERASH caused an immediate gradient reduction due to hypokinesis of the ablated septum. At 2-month follow-up exam, significant clinical improvement was observed, together with persistent gradient reduction assessed with Doppler echocardiography. Echocardiography and magnetic resonance revealed persistent septal hypokinesis and slight thinning of the ablated region. Septal ablation using radiofrequency energy may be a promising alternative or adjunct to the treatment of hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. Intracardiac echocardiography and electroanatomical CARTO mapping enable exact lesion placement and preservation of atrioventricular conduction.

  6. Effect of nonparallel placement of in-circle bipolar radiofrequency ablation probes on volume of tissue ablated with heat sink.

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    Pillai, Krishna; Al-Alem, Ihssan; Akhter, Javed; Chua, Terence C; Shehata, Mena; Morris, David L

    2015-06-01

    Percutaneous bipolar radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive technique for treating liver tumors. It is not always possible to insert the bipolar probes parallel to each other on either side of tumor, since it restricts maneuverability away from vital structures or ablate certain tumor shape. Therefore, we investigated how nonparallel placement of probes affected ablation. Bipolar RFA in parallel and in divergent positions were submerged in tissue model (800 mL egg white) at 37°C and ablated. Temperature probes, T1 and T2 were placed 8.00 mm below the tip of the probes, T3 in between the probe coil elements and T4 and T5 at water inlet and outlet, respectively. Both models with heat sink (+HS) and without (-HS) were investigated. The mean ablated tissue volume, mass, density and height increased linearly with unit angle increase for -HS model. With +HS, a smaller increase in mean volume and mass, a slightly greater increase in mean density but a reduction in height of tissue was seen. The mean ablation time and duration of maximum temperature with +HS was slightly larger, compared with -HS, while -HS ablated at a slightly higher temperature. The heat sink present was minimal for probes in parallel position compared to nonparallel positions. Divergence from parallel insertion of bipolar RFA probes increased the mean volume, mass, and density of tissue ablated. However, the presence of large heat sinks may limit the application of this technique, when tumors border on larger vessels. © The Author(s) 2014.

  7. Steam pops during irrigated radiofrequency ablation: feasibility of impedance monitoring for prevention.

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    Seiler, Jens; Roberts-Thomson, Kurt C; Raymond, Jean-Marc; Vest, John; Delacretaz, Etienne; Stevenson, William G

    2008-10-01

    Steam pops are a risk of irrigated radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFA) and may cause cardiac perforation. Data to guide radiofrequency (RF) energy titration to avoid steam pops are limited. This study sought to assess the frequency and consequence of audible pops and to determine the feasibility of using the magnitude of impedance change to predict pops. We reviewed consecutive endocardial open-irrigated RFA for ventricular tachycardia (VT) with continuously recorded ablation data in 142 patients with structural heart disease. Steam pops were defined as an audible pop associated with a sudden spike in impedance. Ablation lesions before or after pops served as controls. From a total of 4,107 ablation lesions, 62 (1.5%) steam pops occurred in 42 procedures in 38 patients. Perforation with tamponade occurred with 1 of 62 (2%) pops. Applications with pops had a greater impedance decrease (22 +/- 7 Omega vs. 18 +/- 8 Omega, P = .001) and a higher maximum power (45 +/- 5 W vs. 43 +/- 6 W, P = .011), but did not differ in maximum catheter tip temperature (40 degrees C +/- 4 degrees C vs. 40 degrees C +/- 4 degrees C, P = .180) from applications without pops. Eighty percent of pops occurred after impedance decreased by at least 18 Omega. During VT ablation with open irrigation, audible pops are infrequent and do not usually cause perforation. Limiting RF power to achieve an impedance decrease of <18 Omega is a feasible method of reducing the likelihood of a pop when perforation risk is of concern.

  8. Saline Infusion Markedly Reduces Impedance and Improves Efficacy of Pulmonary Radiofrequency Ablation

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    Gananadha, Sivakumar Morris, David Lawson

    2004-08-15

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a relatively new technique that has been investigated for the treatment of lung tumors. We evaluated for the first time the in vivo use of saline infusion during radiofrequency ablation of sheep lung. We performed RFA on 5 sheep using open and closed chest RFA and the RITA starburst XL and Xli probes using saline infusion with the Xli probe. The impedance and volume of ablation were compared. A total of 16 ablations were produced, 5 percutaneously and 11 open. The impedance during percutaneous and open RFA without saline infusion was 110 {+-} 16.2 and 183.3 {+-} 105.8 O, respectively. With the saline infusion the impedance was 71.3 {+-} 22O and 103.6 {+-} 37.5O. The effect of this was a significantly larger volume of ablation using the saline infusion during percutaneous RFA (90.6 {+-} 23 cm{sup 3} vs 10.47 {+-} 2.9 cm{sup 3}, p = 0.01) and open RFA (107.8 {+-} 25.8 cm{sup 3} vs 24.9 {+-} 19.3 cm{sup 3}, p = 0.0002). Saline infusion during RFA is associated with lower impedance, higher power delivery and larger lesion size.

  9. Restoration of Atrial Mechanical Function after Successful Radio-Frequency Catheter Ablation of Atrial Flutter

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    Rhee, Kyoung-Suk; Kang, Duk-Hyun; Song, Jae-Kwan; Nam, Gi-Byoung; Choi, Kee-Joon; Kim, You-Ho

    2001-01-01

    Background: Atrial mechanical dysfunction and its recovery time course after successful radiofrequency ablation of chronic atrial flutter (AFL) has been largely unknown. We serially evaluated left atrial function by echocardiography after successful ablation of chronic atrial flutter. Methods: In 13 patients with chronic AFL, mitral E wave A wave, and the ratio of A/E velocity were measured at 1 day, 1 month, 3 months and 6–12 months after successful radiofrequency (RF) ablation. Doppler tissue imaging (DTI) technique was also used to avoid load-dependent variation in the flow velocity pattern. Results: Left atrial mechanical function, assessed by A wave velocity and the annular motion, was depressed at 1 day, but improved significantly at 1 month and maintained through 6–12 months after the ablation. Left atrial size did not change significantly. Conclusion: Left atrial mechanical function was depressed immediately after successful RF ablation of chronic AFL, but it improved significantly after 1 month and was maintained over one year. PMID:11590904

  10. Fiber optic dual EFPI/FBG for radiofrequency ablation monitoring in liver: ex-vivo experiments

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    Tosi, Daniele; Macchi, Edoardo Gino; Braschi, Giovanni; Gallati, Mario; Cigada, Alfredo; Rossi, Sandro; Poeggel, Sven; Leen, Gabriel; Lewis, Elfed

    2014-05-01

    We present a miniature and biocompatible fiber-optic sensing system, for specific application in monitoring of the radiofrequency thermal ablation (RFA) process. The sensing system is based on combination of Extrinsic Fabry-Perot Interferometry (EFPI) sensor for pressure detection, and Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) for temperature measurement. The dual pressure/temperature measurement shows an extremely low cross-sensitivity. Measurements have been performed ex-vivo on porcine liver, recording several RFA procedures in different location. Maximum values of 164°C and 162 kPa have been recorded on the ablation point.

  11. Usefulness of CT During Renal Arteriography: A Case of Percutaneous Radiofrequency Ablation for Renal Cell Carcinoma

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    Tanigawa, Noboru Kariya, Shuji; Komemushi, Atsushi; Kojima, Hiroyuki; Sawada, Satoshi

    2004-11-15

    A 64-year-old man with a unilateral 15 mm diameter renal cell carcinoma underwent percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) assisted by CT during renal arteriography (angio-CT). Prior to placement of the needle electrode, a 5 Fr angio-catheter was placed in the right renal artery, and angio-CT was performed before, during and after the procedure. Since multiple angio-CT can be performed using a small amount of diluted contrast agent, RFA can be monitored without impairing renal function. As a result, this imaging combination was found to be useful for determining the end point of ablation.

  12. Percutaneous Radiofrequency Ablation of a Small Renal Mass Complicated by Appendiceal Perforation

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    Boone, Judith; Bex, Axel; Prevoo, Warner

    2012-06-15

    Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has gained wide acceptance as nephron-sparing therapy for small renal masses in select patients. Generally, it is a safe procedure with minor morbidity and acceptable short-term oncologic outcome. However, as a result of the close proximity of vital structures, such as the bowel, ureter, and large vessels, to the ablative field, complications regarding these structures may occur. This is the first article describing appendiceal perforation as a complication of computed tomography-guided RFA despite hydrodissection. When performing this innovative and promising procedure one should be aware of the possibility of particular minor and even major complications.

  13. Heat distribution and heat transport in bone during radiofrequency catheter ablation.

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    Rachbauer, F; Mangat, J; Bodner, G; Eichberger, P; Krismer, M

    2003-04-01

    To assess the feasibility of percutaneous radiofrequency ablation in large bone tumours, the heat distribution in cortical bone and marrow around inserted electrodes was measured. Fresh bovine cadaver tibial bones were locally heated through drill holes for a maximum of half an hour using water-cooled single radiofrequency electrodes (Radionics Instruments Inc) by pulsed energy. Temperatures were measured in the marrow canal as well as in cortical bone by thermocouples at various distances from the inserted probes. Perpendicular to the probe, hyperthermia of more than 50 degrees C could be created in bone marrow in a sphere of approximately 3 cm, and of approximately 1 cm in cortical bone. As irreversible cellular damage can be expected when increasing the temperature to 50 degrees C for a duration of 6 min, this method may be effective for the minimal invasive ablation of neoplasms within human bone in cigar-shaped regions of approximately 3-cm diameter.

  14. Ultrasound simulation of real-time temperature estimation during radiofrequency ablation using finite element models.

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    Daniels, M J; Jiang, J; Varghese, T

    2008-03-01

    Radiofrequency ablation is the most common minimally invasive therapy used in the United States to treat hepatocellular carcinoma and liver metastases. The ability to perform real-time temperature imaging while a patient is undergoing ablation therapy may help reduce the high recurrence rates following ablation therapy. Ultrasound echo signals undergo time shifts with increasing temperature due to sound speed and thermal expansion, which are tracked using both 1D cross correlation and 2D block matching based speckle tracking methods. In this paper, we present a quantitative evaluation of the accuracy and precision of temperature estimation using the above algorithms on both simulated and experimental data. A finite element analysis simulation of radiofrequency ablation of hepatic tissue was developed. Finite element analysis provides a method to obtain the exact temperature distribution along with a mapping of the tissue displacement due to thermal expansion. These local displacement maps were combined with the displacement due to speed of sound changes and utilized to generate ultrasound radiofrequency frames at specified time increments over the entire ablation procedure. These echo signals provide an ideal test-bed to evaluate the performance of both speckle tracking methods, since the estimated temperature results can be compared directly to the exact finite element solution. Our results indicate that the 1D cross-correlation (CC) method underestimates the cumulative displacement by 0.20mm, while the underestimation with 2D block matching (BM) is about 0.14 mm after 360 s of ablation. The 1D method also overestimates the size of the ablated region by 5.4% when compared to 2.4% with the 2D method after 720 s of ablation. Hence 2D block matching provides better tracking of temperature variations when compared to the 1D cross-correlation method over the entire duration of the ablation procedure. In addition, results obtained using 1D cross-correlation diverge from

  15. Efficacy comparison between cryoablation and radiofrequency ablation for patients with cavotricuspid valve isthmus dependent atrial flutter: a meta-analysis

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    Chen, Yi-He; Lin, Hui; Xie, Cheng-Long; Zhang, Xiao-Ting; Li, Yi-Gang

    2015-06-01

    We perform this meta-analysis to compare the efficacy and safety of cryoablation versus radiofrequency ablation for patients with cavotricuspid valve isthmus dependent atrial flutter. By searching EMBASE, MEDLINE, PubMed and Cochrane electronic databases from March 1986 to September 2014, 7 randomized clinical trials were included. Acute (risk ratio[RR]: 0.93; P = 0.14) and long-term (RR: 0.94; P = 0.08) success rate were slightly lower in cryoablation group than in radiofrequency ablation group, but the difference was not statistically significant. Additionally, the fluoroscopy time was nonsignificantly reduced (weighted mean difference[WMD]: -2.83 P = 0.29), whereas procedure time was significantly longer (WMD: 25.95; P = 0.01) in cryoablation group compared with radiofrequency ablation group. Furthermore, Pain perception during the catheter ablation was substantially less in cryoabaltion group than in radiofrequency ablation group (standardized mean difference[SMD]: -2.36 P < 0.00001). Thus, our meta-analysis demonstrated that cryoablation and radiofrequency ablation produce comparable acute and long-term success rate for patients with cavotricuspid valve isthmus dependent atrial flutter. Meanwhile, cryoablation ablation tends to reduce the fluoroscopy time and significantly reduce pain perception in cost of significantly prolonged procedure time.

  16. Efficacy comparison between cryoablation and radiofrequency ablation for patients with cavotricuspid valve isthmus dependent atrial flutter: a meta-analysis

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    Chen, Yi-He; Lin, Hui; Xie, Cheng-Long; Zhang, Xiao-Ting; Li, Yi-Gang

    2015-01-01

    We perform this meta-analysis to compare the efficacy and safety of cryoablation versus radiofrequency ablation for patients with cavotricuspid valve isthmus dependent atrial flutter. By searching EMBASE, MEDLINE, PubMed and Cochrane electronic databases from March 1986 to September 2014, 7 randomized clinical trials were included. Acute (risk ratio[RR]: 0.93; P = 0.14) and long-term (RR: 0.94; P = 0.08) success rate were slightly lower in cryoablation group than in radiofrequency ablation group, but the difference was not statistically significant. Additionally, the fluoroscopy time was nonsignificantly reduced (weighted mean difference[WMD]: −2.83; P = 0.29), whereas procedure time was significantly longer (WMD: 25.95; P = 0.01) in cryoablation group compared with radiofrequency ablation group. Furthermore, Pain perception during the catheter ablation was substantially less in cryoabaltion group than in radiofrequency ablation group (standardized mean difference[SMD]: −2.36; P < 0.00001). Thus, our meta-analysis demonstrated that cryoablation and radiofrequency ablation produce comparable acute and long-term success rate for patients with cavotricuspid valve isthmus dependent atrial flutter. Meanwhile, cryoablation ablation tends to reduce the fluoroscopy time and significantly reduce pain perception in cost of significantly prolonged procedure time. PMID:26039980

  17. [Radiofrequency ablation of atrioventricular conduction during the 5th month of pregnancy].

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    Gras, D; Mabo, P; Kermarrec, A; Bazin, P; Varin, C; Daubert, C

    1992-12-01

    The authors report the case of radiofrequency ablation of atrioventricular conduction in a 5 months pregnant woman who had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The indication of this procedure was a poorly tolerated resistant supraventricular tachycardia with foetal distress. A dual-chamber rate-assisted pacemaker programmed in the VVIR mode was implanted during the same procedure normally, with normal delivery of a healthy child at 8 months' gestation.

  18. Lingual tonsil hypertrophy causing severe dysphagia: treatment with plasma-mediated radiofrequency-based ablation (Coblation).

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    Mowry, Sarah E; Ament, Marvin; Shapiro, Nina L

    2010-03-01

    Lingual tonsil hypertrophy is an uncommon cause of upper aerodigestive tract pathology. We present the case of a 17-year-old boy who developed severe dysphagia and subsequent weight loss as a result of lingual tonsil hypertrophy. He was successfully treated with plasma-mediated radiofrequency-based ablation (Coblation). In the past, traditional surgical procedures for lingual tonsil hypertrophy were difficult to perform and recovery was difficult, but the introduction of Coblation has made lingual tonsillectomy much easier.

  19. Resection and radiofrequency ablation of multiple liver adenomas secondary to anti-conceptive pills.

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    Hashimoto, Luis; Dabbs, Andy; Sewell, Patrick; Doherty, Mike

    2004-01-01

    A case of multiple hepatic adenomas associated with birth control pills in a 25-year-old female is presented. Her only complaint was abdominal pain, and an elevated alkaline phosphatase was the only laboratory abnormality. The largest adenoma was located in the caudate lobe and was resected. The other two were small, located deep in the right lobe, and treated with radiofrequency ablation. Currently, the patient is asymptomatic and her alkaline phosphatase has returned to normal levels.

  20. Radiofrequency Ablation of Lung Tumours with the Patient Under Thoracic Epidural Anaesthesia

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    Pouliquen, Cassiopee; Kabbani, Youssef Saignac, Pierre; Gekiere, Jean-Pierre; Palussiere, Jean

    2011-02-15

    Radiofrequency ablation of lung tumours is a curative technique that is newly considered being offered to nonsurgical patients. It is of major interest because it enables local destruction of the tumour without surgery and spares healthy parenchyma. However, some patients have previous serious respiratory failure, thus ruling out mechanical ventilation. To operate with the patient under thoracic epidural is an answer to this problem. Our experience shows that the procedure is able to be performed completely without converting to general anaesthesia.

  1. Carbonized blood deposited on fibres during 810, 940 and 1,470 nm endovenous laser ablation: thickness and absorption by optical coherence tomography.

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    Amzayyb, Mustafa; van den Bos, Renate R; Kodach, Vitali M; de Bruin, D Martijn; Nijsten, Tamar; Neumann, H A Martino; van Gemert, Martin J C

    2010-05-01

    Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is commonly used to treat saphenous varicosities. Very high temperatures at the laser fibre tip have been reported during EVLA. We hypothesized that the laser irradiation deposits a layer of strongly absorbing carbonized blood of very high temperature on the fibre tip. We sought to prove the existence of these layers and study their properties by optical transmission, optical coherence tomography (OCT) and microscopy. We analysed 23 EVLA fibres, 8 used at 810 nm, 7 at 940 nm and 8 at 1,470 nm. We measured the transmission of these fibres in two wavelength bands (450-950 nm; 950-1,650 nm). We used 1,310 nm OCT to assess the thickness of the layers and the attenuation as a function of depth to determine the absorption coefficient. Microscopy was used to view the tip surface. All fibres showed a slightly increasing transmission with wavelength in the 450-950 nm band, and a virtually wavelength-independent transmission in the 950-1,650 nm band. OCT scans showed a thin layer deposited on all 13 fibres investigated, 6 used at 810 nm, 4 at 940 nm and 3 at 1,470 nm, some with inhomogeneities over the tip area. The average absorption coefficient of the 13 layers was 72 +/- 16 mm(-1). The average layer thickness estimated from the transmission and absorption measurements was 8.0 +/- 2.7 microm. From the OCT data, the average maximal thickness was 26 +/- 6 microm. Microscopy of three fibre tips, one for each EVLA wavelength, showed rough, cracked and sometimes seriously damaged tip surfaces. There was no clear correlation between the properties of the layers and the EVLA parameters such as wavelength, except for a positive correlation between layer thickness and total delivered energy. In conclusion, we found strong evidence that all EVLA procedures in blood filled veins deposit a heavily absorbing hot layer of carbonized blood on the fibre tip, with concomitant tip damage. This major EVLA mechanism is unlikely to have much wavelength

  2. Internally gas-cooled radiofrequency applicators as an alternative to conventional radiofrequency and microwave ablation devices: an in vivo comparison.

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    Rempp, Hansjörg; Voigtländer, Matthias; Schenk, Martin; Enderle, Markus D; Scharpf, Marcus; Greiner, Tim O; Neugebauer, Alexander; Hoffmann, Rüdiger; Claussen, Claus D; Clasen, Stephan

    2013-08-01

    To test the efficacy of internally CO2-cooled radiofrequency (RF) ablation in vivo and to compare its effectiveness to a standard water-cooled RF probe and to a gas-cooled microwave (MW) device. 49 ablations were performed on 15 pigs under general anesthesia using 15G monopolar CO2-cooled RF applicators, 17G monopolar water-cooled RF applicators and 15G internally CO2-cooled microwave devices. The power of the MW device was 45W, the current of the gas-cooled RF device was 1200-1600mA. At the water-cooled RF probe, maximum power of 200W was set. Ablation time was 15min. The short and long axes of the ablation zone were measured. Histological analyses and NADH-staining were performed. The diameters and the ablation volumes were compared using an analysis of variance. No spots of untreated tissue were observed close to the cooled needle track in any of the ablation zones. The largest short axis diameter was 3.4±0.5cm achieved with the gas-cooled monopolar applicator. With the water-cooled applicators, short axis diameter was significantly smaller, reaching 2.5±0.4cm. Gas-cooled MW probes achieved 2.9±1.0cm. The largest ablation volume was 31.5±12ml (gas-cooled RF), and the smallest was 12.7±4ml (water-cooled RF). Short/long axis ratio was largest for gas-cooled RF probes with 0.73±0.08 versus 0.64±0.04 for the water-cooled probes and 0.49±0.25 for the microwave applicator. Gas-cooled RF applicators may have a higher potential for effective destruction of liver lesions than comparable water-cooled RF systems, and may be an alternative to standard RF and MW ablation devices. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. A rat model of radiofrequency ablation of trigeminal innervation via a ventral approach with stereotaxic surgery.

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    Wong, Edward K; Kinyamu, Richard D; Graff, Jordan M; Chak, Garrick; Wong, Monique N; Agnic, Heidi; Kang, Eugene; Lin, Susan; Jain, Vinita; Chuck, Roy S

    2004-09-01

    Neurotrophic keratopathy (NK), a consequence of sensory denervation of the cornea, must be better understood in order to develop new approaches to therapy. The purpose of this study was to create a rat model for neurotrophic keratopathy by denervating the trigeminal nerve through a ventral approach with stereotaxic surgery. Stereotaxic coordinates were measured in 46 male Sprague Dawley rat cadavers for localization of V1. After further refining the coordinates in nine live animals, radiofrequency ablation was chosen as an effective method of disrupting the innervation to the cornea. Fifty-two live rats were treated with radiofrequency ablation to define the anatomical localization of the lesion by utilizing gross and histopathological studies. A gross lesion of the trigeminal nerve and/or ganglion was observed in 47 (90%) of the 52 animals. Histopathological studies revealed that all 52 animals had anatomical damage of the trigeminal innervation to the eye. Low mortality and little morbidity were observed in these animals. We have developed a rat model for neurotrophic keratopathy that is simple to produce, accurate in creating a lesion by utilizing stereotaxic techniques combined with radiofrequency ablation, and successful in decreasing morbidity and mortality.

  4. Percutaneous ultrasound-guided radiofrequency heat ablation for treatment of hyperthyroidism in cats.

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    Mallery, Kevin F; Pollard, Rachel E; Nelson, Richard W; Hornof, William J; Feldman, Edward C

    2003-12-01

    To determine efficacy and safety of percutaneous radiofrequency heat ablation for treatment of hyperthyroidism in cats. Prospective study. 9 cats. Hyperthyroidism was diagnosed via clinical signs and high serum total (TT4) and free thyroxine (fT4) concentrations. One or 2 hyperfunctional cervical thyroid nodules were detected by use of scintigraphy and ultrasonography. If cats had 1 abnormal thyroid lobe, heat ablation was performed on that lobe; if cats had 2 abnormal lobes, heat ablation was applied to the larger lobe. Overall, heat ablation was performed 14 times in the 9 cats. Clinical signs and serum TT4, fT4, and calcium concentrations were monitored daily for 2 days after the procedure, weekly for the first month, and then monthly. Laryngeal function was evaluated and cervical ultrasonography and thyroid scintigraphy were also performed. Monitoring continued for as long as 9 months after heat ablation if a cat became euthyroid or until an owner chose an alternative treatment because of recurrence of hyperthyroidism. Serum TT4 and fT4 concentrations transiently decreased after all 14 heat ablation procedures (< or = reference range after 10 of 14 treatments) within 2 days after the procedure. Cats were euthyroid for 0 to 18 months (mean, 4 months). Hyperthyroidism recurred in all cats. Adverse effects included transient Horner's syndrome (2 cats) and laryngeal paralysis without clinical signs (1 cat). Percutaneous heat ablation as a treatment for hyperthyroidism in cats is effective transiently but not permanently.

  5. Laser ablation of liver tumors: An ancillary technique, or an alternative to radiofrequency and microwave?

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    Sartori, Sergio; Di Vece, Francesca; Ermili, Francesca; Tombesi, Paola

    2017-01-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is currently the most popular and used ablation modality for the treatment of non surgical patients with primary and secondary liver tumors, but in the last years microwave ablation (MWA) is being technically improved and widely rediscovered for clinical use. Laser thermal ablation (LTA) is by far less investigated and used than RFA and MWA, but the available data on its effectiveness and safety are quite good and comparable to those of RFA and MWA. All the three hyperthermia-based ablative techniques, when performed by skilled operators, can successfully treat all liver tumors eligible for thermal ablation, and to date in most centers of interventional oncology or interventional radiology the choice of the technique usually depends on the physician’s preference and experience, or technical availability. However, RFA, MWA, and LTA have peculiar advantages and limitations that can make each of them more suitable than the other ones to treat patients and tumors with different characteristics. When all the three thermal ablation techniques are available, the choice among RFA, MWA, and LTA should be guided by their advantages and disadvantages, number, size, and location of the liver nodules, and cost-saving considerations, in order to give patients the best treatment option. PMID:28396723

  6. Adenosine testing during cryoballoon ablation and radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation: A propensity score-matched analysis.

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    Tokuda, Michifumi; Matsuo, Seiichiro; Isogai, Ryota; Uno, Goki; Tokutake, Kenichi; Yokoyama, Kenichi; Kato, Mika; Narui, Ryohsuke; Tanigawa, Shinichi; Yamashita, Seigo; Inada, Keiichi; Yoshimura, Michihiro; Yamane, Teiichi

    2016-11-01

    The infusion of adenosine triphosphate after radiofrequency (RF) pulmonary vein (PV) isolation (PVI), which may result in acute transient PV-atrium reconnection, can unmask dormant conduction. The purpose of this study was to compare the incidence and characteristics of dormant conduction after cryoballoon (CB) and RF ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). Of 414 consecutive patients undergoing initial catheter ablation of paroxysmal AF, 246 (59%) propensity score-matched patients (123 CB-PVI and 123 RF-PVI) were included. Dormant conduction was less frequently observed in patients who underwent CB-PVI than in those who underwent RF-PVI (4.5% vs 12.8% of all PVs; P < .0001). The incidence of dormant conduction in each PV was lower in patients who underwent CB-PVI than in those who underwent RF-PVI in the left superior PV (P < .0001) and right superior PV (P = .001). The site of dormant conduction was mainly located around the bottom of both inferior PVs after CB-PVI. Multivariable analysis revealed that a longer time to the elimination of the PV potential (odds ratio 1.018; 95% confidence interval 1.001-1.036; P = .04) and the necessity of touch-up ablation (odds ratio 3.242; 95% confidence interval 2.761-7.111; P < .0001) were independently associated with the presence of dormant conduction after CB-PVI. After the elimination of dormant conduction by additional ablation, the AF-free rate was similar in patients with and without dormant conduction after both CB-PVI and RF-PVI (P = .28 and P = .73, respectively). The results of the propensity score-matched analysis showed that dormant PV conduction was less frequent after CB ablation than after RF ablation and was not associated with ablation outcomes. Copyright © 2016 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Radiofrequency ablation of varicose veins improves venous clinical severity score despite failure of complete closure of the saphenous vein after 1 year.

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    Jin, Hyeong Yong; Ohe, Haeng Jin; Hwang, Jeong Kye; Kim, Sang Dong; Kim, Jang Yong; Park, Sun Cheol; Kim, Ji Il; Won, Yong Sung; Yun, Sang Seob; Moon, In Sung

    2017-01-01

    Endovenous treatment is increasingly supplanting open surgery for the treatment of varicose veins. Among emerging endovenous techniques, radiofrequency ablation (RFA) with a ClosureFast catheter is popular in Korea. The objective of this study was to evaluate and compare the efficacy and patient-reported outcomes of RFA of varicose veins. This is a retrospective study of a prospectively registered database of patients who underwent RFA for varicose veins from 2012 to 2013 in St. Mary's Hospital in Seoul. Korea. Efficient ClosureFast RFA catheters (Medtronic, San Jose, CA, USA) were used. The techniques used for RFA of varicose veins were performed according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Duplex scans and venous clinical severity scores (VCSSs) were used to document treatment outcome and patient symptoms before and after the procedures. Treatment outcomes were estimated before the procedure and 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months after the procedure. Outcomes were analyzed by paired t test, chi-square test, or Fisher's exact test as well as by logistical regression. A total of 117 patients were evaluated for 183 consecutive RFA procedures (183 limbs). The initial technical success was 97.3% (178/183). The estimated mean VCSS changed over time from 4.0 ± 1.67 at preprocedure to 0.6 ± 1.05, 0.5 ± 1.02, and 0.6 ± 1.14 at 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months after the procedure, respectively. The improved VCSS was maintained 1 year after the procedure (p < 0.001). Recanalization of the saphenous vein was detected in 20 limbs at the 1-year follow up. The treatment failure group also exhibited a significant decline in the VCSS between preprocedure and 12 months (4.8 ± 1.76 vs. 1.8 ± 2.04, p < 0.001). Specifically, in the treatment failure group, 65% of limbs with episodic recanalization (13/20) were reoccluded or recanalized without venous reflux at the 1-year follow up. In this study, RFA of varicose veins had an initial success rate of

  8. Computed Tomography-Guided Radiofrequency Ablation Following Transcatheter Arterial Embolization in Treatment of Large Hepatic Hemangiomas.

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    Ji, Jiansong; Gao, Jun; Zhao, Lizhen; Tu, Jianfei; Song, Jingjing; Sun, Wenbing

    2016-04-01

    The aim of the study was to evaluate the feasibility, safety, and efficacy of computed tomography (CT)-guided radiofrequency (RF) ablation combined with transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE) to treat large (≥10 cm) hepatic hemangiomas. We retrospectively reviewed our sequential experience with 15 large hepatic hemangiomas in 15 patients. The mean diameter of the 15 hemangiomas was 13.0 ± 2.2 cm (10.0-16.0 cm). RF ablation combined with TAE treatment was performed successfully in all patients. The mean diameter of the hemangiomas decreased from 13.0 ± 2.2 to 7.1 ± 2.0 cm (P < 0.001) after TAE treatment. Out of 15 hepatic hemangiomas, 14 (93.3%) showed no enhancement on CT or MRI indicating complete ablation after RF treatment. The mean diameter of the ablation zone decreased to 6.1 ± 2.0 cm 1 month after ablation and further decreased to 4.9 ± 1.6 cm 6 months after ablation. There were 6 complications related to the ablation in 4 patients. According to the Dindo-Clavien classification, all the complications were minor (Grade I). RF ablation combined with TAE is a safe and effective treatment for large hepatic hemangiomas. TAE can improve the disruption of lesion blood supply and reduce lesion size to facilitate subsequent RF ablation and reduce the risk of ablation-related complications.

  9. Computed Tomography-Guided Radiofrequency Ablation Following Transcatheter Arterial Embolization in Treatment of Large Hepatic Hemangiomas

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    Ji, Jiansong; Gao, Jun; Zhao, Lizhen; Tu, Jianfei; Song, Jingjing; Sun, Wenbing

    2016-01-01

    Abstract The aim of the study was to evaluate the feasibility, safety, and efficacy of computed tomography (CT)-guided radiofrequency (RF) ablation combined with transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE) to treat large (≥10 cm) hepatic hemangiomas. We retrospectively reviewed our sequential experience with 15 large hepatic hemangiomas in 15 patients. The mean diameter of the 15 hemangiomas was 13.0 ± 2.2 cm (10.0–16.0 cm). RF ablation combined with TAE treatment was performed successfully in all patients. The mean diameter of the hemangiomas decreased from 13.0 ± 2.2 to 7.1 ± 2.0 cm (P < 0.001) after TAE treatment. Out of 15 hepatic hemangiomas, 14 (93.3%) showed no enhancement on CT or MRI indicating complete ablation after RF treatment. The mean diameter of the ablation zone decreased to 6.1 ± 2.0 cm 1 month after ablation and further decreased to 4.9 ± 1.6 cm 6 months after ablation. There were 6 complications related to the ablation in 4 patients. According to the Dindo–Clavien classification, all the complications were minor (Grade I). RF ablation combined with TAE is a safe and effective treatment for large hepatic hemangiomas. TAE can improve the disruption of lesion blood supply and reduce lesion size to facilitate subsequent RF ablation and reduce the risk of ablation-related complications. PMID:27082617

  10. Rupture of benign thyroid tumors after radio-frequency ablation.

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    Shin, J H; Jung, S L; Baek, J H; Kim, J-H

    2011-12-01

    Rupture of benign thyroid tumors after RFA is very rare. We experienced 6 cases in 4 institutions. All patients presented with abrupt neck swelling and pain between 9 and 60 days after RFA. Imaging and clinical findings of the ruptured tumors were anterior subcapsular location, mixed composition, large size, and repeated ablations. Conservative treatment was sufficient in 3 cases, whereas surgical management was required in 3.

  11. Insights into energy delivery to myocardial tissue during radiofrequency ablation through application of the first law of thermodynamics.

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    Bunch, T Jared; Day, John D; Packer, Douglas L

    2009-04-01

    The approach to catheter-based radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation has evolved, and as a consequence, more energy is delivered in the posterior left atrium, exposing neighboring tissue to untoward thermal injury. Simultaneously, catheter technology has advanced to allow more efficient energy delivery into the myocardium, which compounds the likelihood of collateral injury. This review focuses on the basic principles of thermodynamics as they apply to energy delivery during radiofrequency ablation. These principles can be used to titrate energy delivery and plan ablative approaches in an effort to minimize complications during the procedure.

  12. CT-guided radiofrequency ablation in patients with hepatic metastases from breast cancer.

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    Jakobs, Tobias F; Hoffmann, Ralf-Thorsten; Schrader, Angelika; Stemmler, Hans Joachim; Trumm, Christoph; Lubienski, Andreas; Murthy, Ravi; Helmberger, Thomas K; Reiser, Maximilian F

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate technical success, technique effectiveness, and survival following radiofrequency ablation for breast cancer liver metastases and to determine prognostic factors. Forty-three patients with 111 breast cancer liver metastases underwent CT-guided percutaneous radiofrequency (RF) ablation. Technical success and technique effectiveness was evaluated by performing serial CT scans. We assessed the prognostic value of hormone receptor status, overexpression of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), and presence of extrahepatic tumor spread. Survival rates were calculated using the Kaplan-Meier method. Technical success was achieved in 107 metastases (96%). Primary technique effectiveness was 96%. During follow-up local tumor progression was observed in 15 metastases, representing a secondary technique effectiveness of 86.5%. The overall time to progression to the liver was 10.5 months. The estimated overall median survival was 58.6 months. There was no significant difference in terms of survival probability with respect to hormone receptor status, HER2 overexpression, and presence of isolated bone metastases. Survival was significantly lower among patients with extrahepatic disease, with the exception of skeletal metastases. We conclude that CT-guided RF ablation of liver metastases from breast cancer can be performed with a high degree of technical success and technique effectiveness, providing promising survival rates in patients with no visceral extrahepatic disease. Solitary bone metastases did not negatively affect survival probability after RF ablation.

  13. CT-Guided Radiofrequency Ablation in Patients with Hepatic Metastases from Breast Cancer

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    Jakobs, Tobias F. Hoffmann, Ralf-Thorsten; Schrader, Angelika; Stemmler, Hans Joachim; Trumm, Christoph; Lubienski, Andreas; Murthy, Ravi; Helmberger, Thomas K.; Reiser, Maximilian F.

    2009-01-15

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate technical success, technique effectiveness, and survival following radiofrequency ablation for breast cancer liver metastases and to determine prognostic factors. Forty-three patients with 111 breast cancer liver metastases underwent CT-guided percutaneous radiofrequency (RF) ablation. Technical success and technique effectiveness was evaluated by performing serial CT scans. We assessed the prognostic value of hormone receptor status, overexpression of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), and presence of extrahepatic tumor spread. Survival rates were calculated using the Kaplan-Meier method. Technical success was achieved in 107 metastases (96%). Primary technique effectiveness was 96%. During follow-up local tumor progression was observed in 15 metastases, representing a secondary technique effectiveness of 86.5%. The overall time to progression to the liver was 10.5 months. The estimated overall median survival was 58.6 months. There was no significant difference in terms of survival probability with respect to hormone receptor status, HER2 overexpression, and presence of isolated bone metastases. Survival was significantly lower among patients with extrahepatic disease, with the exception of skeletal metastases. We conclude that CT-guided RF ablation of liver metastases from breast cancer can be performed with a high degree of technical success and technique effectiveness, providing promising survival rates in patients with no visceral extrahepatic disease. Solitary bone metastases did not negatively affect survival probability after RF ablation.

  14. Finite element analysis of hepatic radiofrequency ablation probes using temperature-dependent electrical conductivity.

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    Chang, Isaac

    2003-05-08

    Few finite element models (FEM) have been developed to describe the electric field, specific absorption rate (SAR), and the temperature distribution surrounding hepatic radiofrequency ablation probes. To date, a coupled finite element model that accounts for the temperature-dependent electrical conductivity changes has not been developed for ablation type devices. While it is widely acknowledged that accounting for temperature dependent phenomena may affect the outcome of these models, the effect has not been assessed. The results of four finite element models are compared: constant electrical conductivity without tissue perfusion, temperature-dependent conductivity without tissue perfusion, constant electrical conductivity with tissue perfusion, and temperature-dependent conductivity with tissue perfusion. The data demonstrate that significant errors are generated when constant electrical conductivity is assumed in coupled electrical-heat transfer problems that operate at high temperatures. These errors appear to be closely related to the temperature at which the ablation device operates and not to the amount of power applied by the device or the state of tissue perfusion. Accounting for temperature-dependent phenomena may be critically important in the safe operation of radiofrequency ablation device that operate near 100 degrees C.

  15. Pathological proof of cellular death in radiofrequency ablation therapy and correlation with flash echo imaging--an experiment study.

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    Fujiki, Kei

    2004-01-01

    The aims of this study were to clarify the geographic distribution of complete cell death in the radiofrequency ablated area in a porcine liver experiment, and to evaluate the efficacy of ultrasonography using contrast media in detecting the area of Radiofrequency-induced cell death. Radiofrequency ablation was performed at 3 sites in each liver in seven swine with a RF2000TM radiofrequency generator using an expandable type needle electrode. The ablation area was investigated histologically by Hematoxylin-Eosin staining and NADH staining. The area of radiofrequency-induced cell death was correlated to the ultrasonographic findings using contrast media, by means of contrast harmonic imaging, flash echo imaging-subtraction and flash echo imaging-power Doppler. The ablation area showed three distinct regions. Although the HE staining did not indicate necrosis, the NADH staining showed a complete loss of cellular activity in the inner and middle layers of the ablation area. However, in the outer layer cells displaying cellular integrity were intermingled with the necrotic cells, indicating that some of the cells in this layer had a chance to survive. Further, in some cases the outer layer of the ablated area had irregular margins. The flash-echo power-doppler images were accurately correlated in size and shape to the pathologically proved region of complete cell death in the radiofrequency-induced lesions. In the marginal part of the radiofrequency ablation area, cell death was incomplete. Flash echo imaging-power doppler was a useful and sensitive real time imaging technique for accurate evaluation of the region of complete cell death.

  16. [Infectious mitral endocarditis after radiofrequency catheter ablation of a left lateral accessory pathway].

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    Benito Bartolomé, F; Sánchez Fernández-Bernal, C

    2001-08-01

    A 2-years-old child with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome associated with life-threatening symptoms underwent radiofrequency ablation of a left lateral accessory pathway. A deflectable 5F bipolar electrode catheter positioned above the atrioventricular groove by transeptal approach was used for ablation. The catheters were repeatedly used after ethylene oxide sterilisation. Although immediate post-ablation echocardiography demonstrated no complications, the patient was readmitted two days later with fever and a new mitral murmur. Penicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus was isolated and intravenous antibiotics were administered. In the following weeks, the patient developed constrictive pericarditis requiring surgical treatment and acute hemiplegia caused by brain embolism arising from valvular vegetation. At 5 years of follow-up the patient presents residual hemiparesia and grade II/IV mitral insufficiency.

  17. Successful radiofrequency ablation therapy for intractable ventricular tachycardia with a ventricular assist device.

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    Osaki, Satoru; Alberte, Cesar; Murray, Margaret A; Brahmbhatt, Rinjal D; Johnson, Maryl R; Edwards, Niloo M; Kohmoto, Takushi

    2008-03-01

    Refractory ventricular tachycardia (VT) can be a potentially life-threatening rhythm in the presence of non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy, particularly when it results in hemodynamic compromise. A 65-year-old man with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy was referred for multiple episodes of VT. A HeartMate left ventricular assist device (LVAD) was implanted to stabilize and control the VT. However, he had multiple episodes of VT and the frequency of ventricular arrhythmias did not improve after LVAD implantation. He required electrical cardioversion to treat each episode. On Day 41 post-operatively, radiofrequency ablation was performed. Two significant areas of scarring were identified and were successfully ablated. After ablation, he did not have significant sustained VT episodes and was discharged.

  18. Probabilistic finite element analysis of radiofrequency liver ablation using the unscented transform

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    dos Santos, Icaro; Haemmerich, Dieter; Schutt, David; Ferreira da Rocha, Adson; Rax Menezes, Leonardo

    2009-02-01

    The main limitation of radiofrequency (RF) ablation numerical simulations reported in the literature is their failure to provide statistical results based on the statistical variability of tissue thermal-electrical parameters. This work developed an efficient probabilistic approach to hepatic RF ablation in order to statistically evaluate the effect of four thermal-electrical properties of liver tissue on the uncertainty of the ablation zone dimensions: thermal conductivity, specific heat, blood perfusion and electrical conductivity. A deterministic thermal-electrical finite element model of a monopolar electrode inserted in the liver was coupled with the unscented transform method in order to obtain coagulation zone confidence intervals, probability and cumulative density functions. The coagulation zone volume, diameter and length were 10.96 cm3, 2.17 cm and 4.08 cm, respectively (P < 0.01). Furthermore, a probabilistic sensitivity analysis showed that perfusion and thermal conductivity account for >95% of the variability in coagulation zone volume, diameter and length.

  19. Hemodynamic change in pulmonary vein stenosis after radiofrequency ablation: assessment with magnetic resonance angiography.

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    Yun, Doyoung; Jung, Jung Im; Oh, Yong Seog; Youn, Ho-Joong

    2012-01-01

    We present a case of pulmonary vein (PV) stenosis after radio-frequency (RF) ablation, in which a hemodynamic change in the pulmonary artery was similar to that of congenital PV atresia on time-resolved contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (TR-MRA). A 48-year-old man underwent RF ablation due to atrial fibrillation. The patient subsequently complained of hemoptysis, dyspnea on exertion, and right chest pain. Right PV stenosis after catheter ablation was diagnosed through chest computed tomography and lung perfusion scan. Pulmonary TR-MRA revealed the pulmonary artery via systemic arterial collaterals and draining systemic collateral veins. On a velocity-encoded cine image, the flow direction of the right pulmonary artery was reversed in the diastolic phase and the left pulmonary artery demonstrated continuous forward flow throughout the cardiac cycle. These hemodynamic changes were similar to those seen in congenital unilateral PV atresia.

  20. Spontaneous Regression of Multiple Pulmonary Metastases After Radiofrequency Ablation of a Single Metastasis

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    Rao, Pramod; Escudier, Bernard; Baere, Thierry de

    2011-04-15

    We report two cases of spontaneous regression of multiple pulmonary metastases occurring after radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of a single lung metastasis. To the best of our knowledge, these are the first such cases reported. These two patients presented with lung metastases progressive despite treatment with interleukin-2, interferon, or sorafenib but were safely ablated with percutaneous RFA under computed tomography guidance. Percutaneous RFA allowed control of the targeted tumors for >1 year. Distant lung metastases presented an objective response despite the fact that they received no targeted local treatment. Local ablative techniques, such as RFA, induce the release of tumor-degradation product, which is probably responsible for an immunologic reaction that is able to produce a response in distant tumors.

  1. Influence of Radiofrequency Ablation of Lung Cancer on Pulmonary Function

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    Tada, Akihiro Hiraki, Takao; Iguchi, Toshihiro; Gobara, Hideo; Mimura, Hidefumi; Toyooka, Shinichi; Kiura, Katsuyuki; Tsuda, Toshihide; Mitsuhashi, Toshiharu; Kanazawa, Susumu

    2012-08-15

    Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate altered pulmonary function retrospectively after RFA. Methods: This retrospective study comprised 41 ablation sessions for 39 patients (22 men and 17 women; mean age, 64.8 years). Vital capacity (VC) and forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV{sub 1}) at 1 and 3 months after RFA were compared with the baseline (i.e., values before RFA). To evaluate the factors that influenced impaired pulmonary function, univariate analysis was performed by using multiple variables. If two or more variables were indicated as statistically significant by univariate analysis, these variables were subjected to multivariate analysis to identify independent factors. Results: The mean VC and FEV{sub 1} before RFA and 1 and 3 months after RFA were 3.04 and 2.24 l, 2.79 and 2.11 l, and 2.85 and 2.13 l, respectively. The values at 1 and 3 months were significantly lower than the baseline. Severe pleuritis after RFA was identified as the independent factor influencing impaired VC at 1 month (P = 0.003). For impaired FEV{sub 1} at 1 month, only severe pleuritis (P = 0.01) was statistically significant by univariate analysis. At 3 months, severe pleuritis (VC, P = 0.019; FEV{sub 1}, P = 0.003) and an ablated parenchymal volume {>=}20 cm{sup 3} (VC, P = 0.047; FEV{sub 1}, P = 0.038) were independent factors for impaired VC and FEV{sub 1}. Conclusions: Pulmonary function decreased after RFA. RFA-induced severe pleuritis and ablation of a large volume of marginal parenchyma were associated with impaired pulmonary function.

  2. Cryoablation versus radiofrequency ablation for treatment of atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia: cryoablation with 6-mm-tip catheters is still less effective than radiofrequency ablation.

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    Opel, Aaisha; Murray, Sam; Kamath, Nikhil; Dhinoja, Mehul; Abrams, Dominic; Sporton, Simon; Schilling, Richard; Earley, Mark

    2010-03-01

    The treatment of choice for atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT) is catheter ablation of the atrioventricular nodal slow pathway. The purpose of this study was to ascertain whether cryoablation (Cryo) with 6-mm-tip catheters is as effective as radiofrequency ablation (RF). Patients who had catheter ablation for AVNRT between 2005 and 2008 were identified. The main outcome measure was overall success without the use of an alternative energy source and no recurrence. Two hundred eighty-eight procedures in 272 patients were identified; 184 were female (68%), and the mean age was 53 +/- 14 (17-88) years. There were 123 Cryo and 149 RF procedures. Cryo had a lower overall success rate (83% vs. 93%; P = .02). Mean procedure times were similar in both groups (90 minutes; P = .5). Fluoroscopy time was longer with Cryo: 16 (7-48) versus 14 (5-50) minutes (P = .04). Only one case of atrioventricular block was observed in the RF group (0.7%). Cryo was more expensive than RF ( pounds sterling 3141 vs. pounds sterling 2153). Even when delivering multiple lesions with 6-mm-tip catheters, Cryo is less effective than RF. RF is recommended as a first-line treatment, although the only major complication occurred in the RF group. Copyright 2010 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Novel Single Puncture Approach for Simplicity 3 Sacral Plexus Radiofrequency Ablation: Technical Note.

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    Gilligan, Jeffrey; Shih, Jennifer C; Cai, Viet L; Hirsch, Joshua A; Rodrigues, Christopher; Irani, Zubin D

    2016-05-01

    Radiofrequency (RF) ablation of the lateral sacral plexus has been used for the treatment of sacroiliac joint pain including as an adjunct to other palliative therapies for the treatment of painful osseous metastasis. The treatment goal is targeted ablation of the dorsal lateral branches of S1-S4. Though several techniques have been described, the Simplicity III (Neurotherm, Middleton, MA) system allows for ablation to be achieved with a single RF probe by utilizing a multi-electrode curved RF probe to create a continuous ablation line across all sacral nerves. In the standard approach, there is sequential introduction of a spinal needle along the desired ablation tract for local anesthesia followed by separate placement of the ablation probe. Though fluoroscopic guidance is utilized, multiple needle passes increase the risk of complication such as bowel perforation or probe insertion through a neural foramen. It may also extend procedure time and increase radiation dose. We illustrate a technique for Simplicity III RF ablation of the dorsal sacral plexus using a modified Seldinger approach for treatment of a patient with sacroiliac joint pain due to osseous renal cell carcinoma metastasis. The desired ablation tract is initially anesthetized via a hollow micropuncture needle. The needle is then exchanged for a peelaway sheath. The RF probe is inserted through the peelaway sheath thus ensuring the probe is placed precisely along the previously anesthetized tract allowing the procedure to be completed using a single percutaneous puncture. We believe that this approach decreases the risks of bowel perforation, patient discomfort as a result of multiple percutaneous punctures, and procedure time. Simplicity 3, sacral plexus ablation, image-guided approach, modified Seldinger, chronic sacral pain, thin wall introducer needle.

  4. CT Mapping of the Distribution of Saline During Radiofrequency Ablation with Perfusion Electrodes

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    Gillams, A.R. Lees, W.R.

    2005-05-15

    Purpose. During radiofrequency (RF) ablation, adjunctive saline increases the size of the ablation zone and therefore electrodes that simultaneously deliver current and saline have been developed, but the addition of saline also results in an irregular ablation zone. Our aim was to study the distribution of saline during RF ablation. Methods. Four patients were treated: 3 with liver metastases and 1 with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Two different perfusion electrodes were used: a high-perfusion-rate, straight electrode (Berchtold, Germany) and a low-perfusion-rate, expandable electrode (RITA Medical Systems, USA). The saline perfusate was doped with non-ionic contrast medium to render it visible on CT and the electrical conductivity was measured. CT scans were obtained of each electrode position prior to ablation and repeated after ablation. Contrast-enhanced CT was performed 18-24 hr later to demonstrate the ablation zone. All treatments were carried out according to the manufacturer's recommended protocol. Results. The addition of a small quantity of non-ionic contrast did not alter the electrical conductivity of the saline. Contrast-doped saline extravasated beyond the tumor in all 3 patients with metastases but was limited in the patient with HCC. In some areas where saline had extravasated there was reduced enhancement on contrast-enhanced CT consistent with tissue ablation. One patient treated with the high-perfusion-rate system sustained a jejunal perforation requiring surgery. Conclusion. Saline can extravasate beyond the tumor and with the high-perfusion-rate system this resulted in an undesirable extension of the ablation zone and a complication.

  5. Microwaves create larger ablations than radiofrequency when controlled for power in ex vivo tissue.

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    Andreano, A; Huang, Yu; Meloni, M Franca; Lee, Fred T; Brace, Christopher

    2010-06-01

    To compare ablation zones created with equal amounts of 2.45 GHz microwave and 480 kHz radiofrequency (RF) energy inex vivo liver and lung. A total of 38 ablations were performed inex vivo liver and lung for 10 min each. Nineteen RF ablations (nine liver, ten lung) were performed with a 480 kHz system (200 W max, impedance-based pulsing) and cooled electrode while measuring the average RF power applied. Nineteen microwave ablations (nine liver, ten lung) were then created using a cooled triaxial antenna to deliver 2.45 GHz at the same power level as in RF experiments. Ablation zones were then sectioned and measured for minimum, maximum and mean diameters, and circularity. Measurements were compared using t-tests, with P<0.05 indicating statistical significance. Mean diameters of microwave ablations were greater than RF ablations in both liver and lung (4.4±0.3 vs 3.3±0.2cm in liver; 2.45±0.3 vs 1.6±0.5cm in lungs; P<0.0005 all comparisons). There was no significant difference in the mean power applied during microwave or RF ablations in either organ (54.44±1.71W vs 56.4±6.7W in liver, P>0.05; 40±0.95W vs 44.9±7.1W in lung, P>0.05). Using a single cooled applicator, microwave energy at 2.45 GHz produces larger ablations than an equivalent amount of 480 kHz RF energy in normal liver and lung. This was more apparent in lung, likely due to the high baseline impedance which limits RF, but not microwave power delivery. © 2010 American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

  6. New-onset ventricular arrhythmias post radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation

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    Wu, Lingmin; Lu, Yanlai; Yao, Yan; Zheng, Lihui; Chen, Gang; Ding, Ligang; Hou, Bingbo; Qiao, Yu; Sun, Wei; Zhang, Shu

    2016-01-01

    Abstract As a new complication, new-onset ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) post atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation have not been well defined. This prospective study aimed to describe the details of new-onset VAs post AF ablation in a large study cohort. One thousand fifty-three consecutive patients who underwent the first radiofrequency catheter ablation for AF were enrolled. All patients had no evidence of pre-ablation VAs. New-onset VAs were defined as new-onset ventricular tachycardia (VT) or premature ventricular contractions (PVC) ≥1000/24 h within 1 month post ablation. There were 46 patients (4.4%) who had 62 different new-onset VAs, among whom 42 were PVC alone, and 4 were PVC coexisting with nonsustained VT. Multivariate analysis showed that increased serum leukocyte counts ≥50% post ablation were independently associated with new-onset VAs (OR: 1.9; 95% CI: 1.0–3.5; P = 0.043). The median number of PVC was 3161 (1001–27,407) times/24 h. Outflow tract VAs were recorded in 35 (76.1%) patients. No significant differences were found in origin of VAs (P = 0.187). VAs disappeared without any treatment in 6 patients (13.0%). No VAs-related adverse cardiac event occurred. The study revealed a noticeable prevalence but relatively benign prognosis of new-onset VAs post AF ablation. Increased serum leukocyte counts ≥50% post ablation appeared to be associated with new-onset VAs, implying that inflammatory response caused by ablation might be the mechanism. PMID:27603357

  7. Radiofrequency ablation of lung metastases close to large vessels during vascular occlusion: preliminary experience.

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    de Baere, Thierry; Robinson, Joey Marie; Rao, Pramod; Teriitehau, Christophe; Deschamps, Frederic

    2011-06-01

    To report an initial prospective evaluation of the technical feasibility, efficacy, and safety of combining percutaneous temporary balloon occlusion (PBO) of a large pulmonary artery adjacent to a metastatic lung tumor treated with percutaneous radiofrequency (RF) ablation. In six patients, lung RF ablation with a multitined, expandable electrode with simultaneous PBO via femoral access was attempted with the use of digital angiography and multidetector computed tomography (CT). Follow-up imaging was obtained immediately after treatment, at 1-2 days, and at 2, 6, 9, and 12 months; positron emission tomography/CT was performed at 4 months. Metastases targeted measured 17-37 mm (22 ± 8) and were in contact with a pulmonary artery 3-5 mm. Temporary occlusion of the pulmonary arterial branch in contact with the tumor was technically possible in five of six patients. Postablation CT scans obtained within 2 days of the procedure showed ablation zones measuring 37-57 mm (47 ± 8) in their shortest diameter. Three patients developed lung infarction within 1 month after RF ablation, and two had to be readmitted. At 3 months after the procedure, four patients had persistent occlusion of the balloon-occluded vessel. No uptake was demonstrated 4 months after ablation; at 12 months, all tumors showed complete ablation on CT. RF ablation of lung tumors with PBO is a feasible technique, but it induces atelectasia and long-lasting vascular occlusion responsible for a high rate of readmission. The results of this small study warrant careful further exploration of the benefits of the technique, compared with RF ablation without PBO or other methods of ablative therapy. Copyright © 2011 SIR. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Microwaves create larger ablations than radiofrequency when controlled for power in ex vivo tissue

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    Andreano, A.; Huang, Yu; Meloni, M. Franca; Lee, Fred T.; Brace, Christopher

    2010-01-01

    Purpose: To compare ablation zones created with equal amounts of 2.45 GHz microwave and 480 kHz radiofrequency (RF) energy in ex vivo liver and lung. Methods: A total of 38 ablations were performed in ex vivo liver and lung for 10 min each. Nineteen RF ablations (nine liver, ten lung) were performed with a 480 kHz system (200 W max, impedance-based pulsing) and cooled electrode while measuring the average RF power applied. Nineteen microwave ablations (nine liver, ten lung) were then created using a cooled triaxial antenna to deliver 2.45 GHz at the same power level as in RF experiments. Ablation zones were then sectioned and measured for minimum, maximum and mean diameters, and circularity. Measurements were compared using t-tests, with P<0.05 indicating statistical significance. Results: Mean diameters of microwave ablations were greater than RF ablations in both liver and lung (4.4±0.3 vs 3.3±0.2 cm in liver; 2.45±0.3 vs 1.6±0.5 cm in lungs; P<0.0005 all comparisons). There was no significant difference in the mean power applied during microwave or RF ablations in either organ (54.44±1.71 W vs 56.4±6.7 W in liver, P>0.05; 40±0.95 W vs 44.9±7.1 W in lung, P>0.05). Conclusions: Using a single cooled applicator, microwave energy at 2.45 GHz produces larger ablations than an equivalent amount of 480 kHz RF energy in normal liver and lung. This was more apparent in lung, likely due to the high baseline impedance which limits RF, but not microwave power delivery. PMID:20632609

  9. Local tumor progression patterns after radiofrequency ablation of colorectal cancer liver metastases

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    Napoleone, Marc; Kielar, Ania Z.; Hibbert, Rebecca; Saif, Sameh; Kwan, Benjamin Y.M.

    2016-01-01

    PURPOSE We aimed to evaluate patterns of local tumor progression (LTP) after radiofrequency ablation (RF ablation) of colorectal cancer liver metastases (CRCLM) and to highlight the percentage of LTP not attributable to lesion size or RF ablation procedure-related factors (heat sink or insufficient ablation margin). METHODS CRCLM treated by RF ablation at a single tertiary care center from 2004–2012, with a minimum of six months of postprocedure follow-up, were included in this retrospective study. LTP morphology was classified as focal nodular (<90° of ablation margin), circumferential (>270°), or crescentic (90°–270°). Initial metastasis size, minimum ablation margin size, morphology of LTP, presence of a heat sink, and time to progression were recorded independently by two radiologists. RESULTS Thirty-two of 127 RF ablation treated metastases (25%) with a mean size of 23 mm (standard deviation 12 mm) exhibited LTP. Fifteen of 32 LTPs (47%) were classified as focal nodular, with seven having no procedure-related factor to explain recurrence. Ten of 32 LTPs (31%) were circumferential, with four having no procedure-related factor to explain recurrence. Seven of 32 LTPs (22%) were crescentic, with two having no procedure-related factor to explain recurrence. Of the 13 lesions without any obvious procedure-related reason for LTP, six (46%) were <3 cm in size. CONCLUSION Although LTP in RF ablation treated CRCLM can often be explained by procedure-related factors or size of the lesion, in this study up to six (5%) of the CRCLM we treated showed LTP without any reasonable cause. PMID:27705879

  10. Increasing power versus duration for radiofrequency ablation with a high superfusate flow: implications for pulmonary vein ablation?

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    Guy, Duncan J R; Boyd, Anita; Thomas, Stuart P; Ross, David L

    2003-06-01

    Radiofrequency (RF) ablation of pulmonary veins (PVs) is a new treatment for atrial fibrillation. Low energy ablation is usually used for this procedure. The effect of superfusate flow on lesion formation in this setting has not been studied previously. We examined lesion dimensions and intramural temperatures with varying powers and duration of RF application in this high flow environment. Ablation of fresh bovine hearts was performed with a 4-mm tip RF catheter in temperature control mode, target temperature 50 degrees C. At power levels of 20 W, 30 W, 40 W, and 50 W, effects of PV flow (no flow or 1 L/min) and 60- and 120-second durations were tested. Tissue temperatures were recorded at depths of 1, 4, 7, and 10 mm. Without flow, no lesions were created. The lowest power setting for lesion creation was 30 W at 60 seconds and 20 W at 120 seconds. Increasing power from 30 W to 50 W for 60 seconds increased lesion depth 0.7 mm (SE 0.3), P = 0.03 and 2.5 mm (SE 0.6), P = 0.003, at 120 seconds. Increasing RF application duration from 60 to 120 seconds increased depth for 30 W by 0.9 mm (SE 0.5), P = NS, 40 W 1.7 mm (SE 0.4), P = 0.002, and 50 W 2.6 mm (SE 0.5), P < 0.001. Power of 50 W for 60 seconds and >30 W for 120 seconds created lesions deeper than the wall thickness of a PV. Flow is necessary for creation of lesions with low power, low tip temperature RF ablation. When a resistant site to ablation is encountered, increasing duration of ablation is best for increasing lesion depth. Higher power has the potential to create lesions deeper than the PV wall and may increase the risk of complications.

  11. No-Touch Radiofrequency Ablation: A Comparison of Switching Bipolar and Switching Monopolar Ablation in Ex Vivo Bovine Liver

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    Chang, Won; Lee, Sang Min; Han, Joon Koo

    2017-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the feasibility, efficiency, and safety of no-touch switching bipolar (SB) and switching monopolar (SM) radiofrequency ablation (RFA) using ex vivo bovine livers. Materials and Methods A pork loin cube was inserted as a tumor mimicker in the bovine liver block; RFA was performed using the no-touch technique in the SM (group A1; 10 minutes, n = 10, group A2; 15 minutes, n = 10) and SB (group B; 10 minutes, n = 10) modes. The groups were compared based on the creation of confluent necrosis with sufficient safety margins, the dimensions, and distance between the electrode and ablation zone margin (DEM). To evaluate safety, small bowel loops were placed above the liver surface and 30 additional ablations were performed in the same groups. Results Confluent necroses with sufficient safety margins were created in all specimens. SM RFA created significantly larger volumes of ablation compared to SB RFA (all p < 0.001). The DEM of group B was significantly lower than those of groups A1 and A2 (all p < 0.001). Although thermal injury to the small bowel was noted in 90%, 100%, and 30% of the cases in groups A1, A2, and B, respectively, full depth injury was noted only in 60% of group A2 cases. Conclusion The no-touch RFA technique is feasible in both the SB and SM modes; however, SB RFA appears to be more advantageous compared to SM RFA in the creation of an ablation zone while avoiding the unnecessary creation of an adjacent parenchymal ablation zone or adjacent small bowel injuries. PMID:28246508

  12. Focal atrial tachycardia originating from the septal mitral annulus: electrocardiographic and electrophysiological characteristics and radiofrequency ablation.

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    Wang, Yunlong; Li, Ding; Zhang, Junmeng; Han, Zhihong; Wang, Ye; Ren, Xuejun; Li, Xuebin; Chen, Fang

    2016-07-01

    This study sought to investigate electrocardiographic characteristics, electrophysiological features, and radiofrequency ablation in patients with focal atrial tachycardia (AT) originating from the septal mitral annulus. In 13 patients with AT originating from the septal mitral annulus, activation mapping was performed to identify the earliest activation site. Successful ablation was performed through either a transseptal (n = 12) or a retrograde aortic approach (n = 1). As confirmed by electrogram recordings, fluoroscopy, and three-dimensional (3D) mapping, successful ablation sites were located in the anterior paraseptal, mid- to anteroseptal, and posterior septal mitral annulus in eight, three, and two patients, respectively. Foci for all locations demonstrated a negative/positive appearance in lead V1. Mapping in the right atrium demonstrated that the earliest right atrial activation was near the septum (His-bundle region or proximal coronary sinus). The electrograms at the successful ablation sites were fractionated in 9 patients, and presented with an atrial:ventricular ratio of <1 in all 13 patients. There were no complications in any patients and long-term success was achieved in 12 of 13 patients during the 23 ± 6 months following ablation. The area surrounding the septal mitral annulus, most commonly the anterior paraseptal, is an unusual, but important site of origin for focal AT, which is associated with a distinctive P-wave morphology and atrial endocardial activation sequence. Radiofrequency ablation of AT originating from the septal mitral annulus, through either a transseptal or a retrograde aortic approach appears to be safe and effective. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2015. For permissions please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  13. Atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia ablation with radiofrequency energy during ongoing tachycardia: is it feasible?

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    Kilic, Ayhan; Kabul, Kutsi; Unlu, Murat

    2014-01-01

    Introduction Radiofrequency (RF) ablation of the slow pathway for treatment of atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT) is conventionally performed during sinus rhythm. Aim To evaluate the clinical and electrophysiological features and the short- and long-term results of slow pathway RF ablation during ongoing AVNRT. Material and methods A total of 282 consecutive patients with AVNRT undergoing RF catheter ablation were analysed. Patients whose tachycardia episodes could not be controlled during RF energy application and who underwent slow pathway ablation or modification during ongoing tachycardia formed the study group (group 1, n = 16) and those ablated during sinus rhythm formed the control group (group 2, n = 266). Results Of the clinical characteristics, only the frequency of tachycardia attacks was higher in group 1 (3.3 ±1.2 vs. 2.1 ±0.9 attacks/month, p < 0.001). Among the baseline electrophysiological measurements, the echo zone lasted significantly longer in group 1 than in group 2 (78 ±25 ms vs. 47 ±18 ms; p < 0.001). The immediate procedural success rate was 100% in both groups. There were no significant differences between groups regarding the mean number of radiofrequency energy applications (5.2 ±4.2 vs. 5.8 ±3.9), total procedure times (42.4 ±30.5 min vs. 40.2 ±29.4 min) and fluoroscopy times (11.4 ±8.5 min vs. 12.2 ±9.3 min) (p > 0.050 for all). All patients were followed-up for 29 ±7 months; only 2 patients (< 1%) in group 2 recurred (p > 0.050). No permanent atrioventricular block was observed. Conclusions The RF catheter ablation or modification of the slow pathway during ongoing AVNRT is feasible with acceptable short- and long-term efficacy and safety. However, this approach needs to be clarified with large-scale studies. PMID:25489328

  14. The fat content of small primary breast cancer interferes with radiofrequency-induced thermal ablation.

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    Athanassiou, E; Sioutopoulou, D; Vamvakopoulos, N; Karasavvidou, F; Tzovaras, G; Tziastoudi, E; Sakellariou, M; Hatzitheofilou, C

    2009-01-01

    Radiofrequency (RF) thermal ablation is a minimally invasive technique of local mass elimination with variable efficiency. Ten patients with small primary breast cancer diagnosed preoperatively by core needle biopsy were ablated percutaneously by an RF (Radionics Cool-tip) device operating on impedance control mode. The percent fat-containing area was calculated in each slide of a total of 47 slides introduced to IQ materials software image analysis. Seven of 10 tumors with tumor diameter less than 2.8 cm and fat content less than 12.47% were totally ablated (score 3). One of 10 with 3 cm tumor diameter and 5.45% fat content showed an intermediate degree of ablated tissue (score 2), and the last 2 with 2 cm and 2.2 cm tumor diameter and more than 19.74% tumor fat content were minimally ablated (score 1). Our present exploratory study on 10 patients suggests dependence of the degree of thermal damage on tumor fat content. We conclude that the fat content of small primary breast cancer could serve as a 'heat sink' and should be considered as a preventing factor of complete local tumor destruction by RF thermal ablation. (c) 2008 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  15. Nonsurgical transthoracic epicardial radiofrequency ablation: an alternative in incessant ventricular tachycardia.

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    Brugada, Josep; Berruezo, Antonio; Cuesta, Alejandro; Osca, Joaquin; Chueca, Enrique; Fosch, Xavier; Wayar, Luis; Mont, Lluis

    2003-06-04

    The purpose of this study was to analyze the feasibility, efficacy, and safety of epicardial radiofrequency (RF) ablation in patients with incessant ventricular tachycardia (VT). Management of patients with incessant VT is a difficult clinical problem. Drugs and RF catheter ablation are not always effective. A nonsurgical transthoracic epicardial RF ablation can be an alternative in patients refractory to conventional therapy. Epicardial RF ablation was performed in 10 patients who presented with incessant VT despite the use of two or more intravenous antiarrhythmic drugs. In eight patients, endocardial ablation (EdA) failed to control the tachycardia. In the remaining two patients, epicardial ablation (EpA) was first attempted because of left ventricular thrombus and severe artery disease, respectively. Eight patients had a diagnosis of coronary artery disease with healed myocardial infarction. One patient had dilated cardiomyopathy, and one patient had idiopathic, incessant VT. In patients with structural heart disease, the mean ejection fraction was 0.28 +/- 0.10%. Four patients previously received an implantable defibrillator. The EpA effectively terminated the incessant tachycardia in eight patients, which represents a success rate of 80%. In them, after a follow-up of 18 +/- 18 months, a single episode of a different VT was documented in one patient. No significant complications occurred related to the procedure. In patients with incessant VT despite the use of drugs or standard EdA, the epicardial approach was very effective and should be considered as an alternative in this life-threatening situation.

  16. Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation of benign thyroid nodules assisted by a virtual needle tracking system.

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    Turtulici, Giovanni; Orlandi, Davide; Corazza, Angelo; Sartoris, Riccardo; Derchi, Lorenzo Egildo; Silvestri, Enzo; Baek, Jung Hwan

    2014-07-01

    Our aim was to assess the feasibility and outcome of ultrasound (US)-guided percutaneous radiofrequency (RF) ablation of benign thyroid nodules assisted by a real-time virtual needle tracking (VT) system. Forty-five patients (34 females, mean age ± standard deviation (SD): 44 ± 16 y, range: 29-68 y) with 45 benign non-functioning thyroid nodules (mean volume ± SD: 13.5 ± 6.7 mL, range: 12-22 mL) underwent VT-assisted US-guided RF ablation. Nodule volume was evaluated before treatment and during 6-mo of follow-up. Complication rates and patient satisfaction after treatment were also evaluated. By use of the VT system, the tip of the RF electrode was identified during all ablation procedures. The overall mean volume reduction and complication rate were 72.6 ± 11.3% and 2.5%, respectively. Overall satisfaction at the 6-mo follow-up was rated by patients as positive in 42 cases (93%). The VT system could be useful in thyroid nodule ablation procedures because it is able to track the RF electrode tip even when the tip is obscured by the bubbles produced by the ablative process. VT-assisted RF ablation can be a tolerable, non-surgical treatment for patients with benign non-functioning thyroid nodules.

  17. Laparoscopic Radiofrequency Ablation for Large Subcapsular Hepatic Hemangiomas: Technical and Clinical Outcomes

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    Ding, Xue-Mei; Ke, Shan; Xin, Zong-Hai; Ning, Chun-Min; Guo, Shi-Gang; Li, Xiao-Long; Dong, Yong-Hong; Sun, Wen-Bing

    2016-01-01

    Objectives The aim of this study was to evaluate the technical and clinical outcomes of using laparoscopic radiofrequency (RF) ablation for treating large subcapsular hepatic hemangiomas. Methods We retrospectively reviewed our sequential experience of treating 124 large subcapsular hepatic hemangiomas in 121 patients with laparoscopic RF ablation. Results The mean diameter of the 124 hemangiomas was 9.1 ± 3.2 cm (5.0–16.0 cm). RF ablation was performed successfully in all patients. There were 55 complications related to the ablation in 26 patients, including 5 of 69 (7.3%) patients with hemangioma <10 cm and 21 of 52 (40.4%) patients with hemangiomas ≥10 cm (P < 0.001). No injuries to abdominal viscera occurred in all the 121 patients. According to the Dindo–Clavien classification, all the complications were minor in 26 patients (Grade I). Out of 124 hepatic hemangiomas, 118 (95.2%) were completely ablated, including 70 of 72 (97.2%) lesions < 10 cm and 48 of 52 (92.3%) lesions ≥ 10 cm (P = 0.236). Conclusion Laparoscopic RF ablation therapy is a safe, feasible and effective procedure for large subcapsular hepatic hemangiomas, even in the hepatic hemangiomas ≥ 10 cm. Its use avoids thermal injury to the abdominal viscera. PMID:26901132

  18. Incremental pacing for the diagnosis of complete cavotricuspid isthmus block during radiofrequency ablation of atrial flutter.

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    Bazan, Victor; Martí-Almor, Julio; Perez-Rodon, Jordi; Bruguera, Jordi; Gerstenfeld, Edward P; Callans, David J; Marchlinski, Francis E

    2010-01-01

    Complete conduction block of the cavotricuspid isthmus (CTI) reduces atrial flutter recurrences after ablation. Incremental rapid pacing may distinguish slow conduction from complete CTI conduction block. Fifty-two patients (67 +/- 9 years) undergoing 55 CTI ablation procedures were included. With ablation, double potentials (DPs) separated by an isoelectric line of > or =30 ms were obtained. Incremental atrial pacing (600-250 ms) was performed from coronary sinus (CS) and low lateral right atrium (LLRA). A <20 ms increase in the DPs distance during incremental pacing was indexed as complete CTI block. In 8 patients, an initial <20 ms DPs distance increase was noted; direct complete isthmus block was suggested and no additional ablation performed. In the remaining, the CTI line was remapped for conduction gaps and additional radiofrequency energy pulses applied. Complete block, as indexed by incremental pacing, occurred in 46 of 55 procedures, with one flutter recurrence (follow-up 8 +/- 2 months): DPs interval variation of 116 +/- 20 to 123 +/- 20 ms (CS), P = 0.21; and 122 +/- 25 to 135 +/- 35 ms (LLRA), P = 0.17. The remaining 9 patients (persistent rate-dependent DPs increase) presented 3 flutter recurrences, P = 0.01: DP distance from 127 +/- 15 to 161 +/- 18 ms (CS), P < 0.001; and 114 +/- 24 to 142 +/- 10 ms (LLRA), P = 0.007. Incremental pacing distinguishes complete CTI block from persistent conduction. Such identification, accompanied by additional ablation to achieve block, should minimize flutter recurrences after ablative therapy.

  19. Considering Angle Selection When Using Ultrasound Electrode Displacement Elastography to Evaluate Radiofrequency Ablation of Tissues

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    Li, Qiang; Chen, Pin-Yu; Wang, Chiao-Yin; Liu, Hao-Li; Teng, Jianfu

    2014-01-01

    Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive treatment to thermally destroy tumors. Ultrasound-based electrode-displacement elastography is an emerging technique for evaluating the region of RFA-induced lesions. The angle between the imaging probe and the RFA electrode can influence electrode-displacement elastography when visualizing the ablation zone. We explored the angle effect on electrode-displacement elastography to measure the ablation zone. Phantoms embedded with meatballs were fabricated and then ablated using an RFA system to simulate RFA-induced lesions. For each phantom, a commercial ultrasound scanner with a 7.5 MHz linear probe was used to acquire raw image data at different angles, ranging from 30° to 90° at increments of 10°, to construct electrode-displacement images and facilitate comparisons with tissue section images. The results revealed that the ablation regions detected using electrode-displacement elastography were highly correlated with those from tissue section images when the angle was between 30° and 60°. However, the boundaries of lesions were difficult to distinguish, when the angle was larger than 60°. The experimental findings suggest that angle selection should be considered to achieve reliable electrode-displacement elastography to describe ablation zones. PMID:24971347

  20. Comparison of single-session transarterial chemoembolization combined with microwave ablation or radiofrequency ablation in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma: a randomized-controlled study.

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    Sheta, Elshazly; El-Kalla, Ferial; El-Gharib, Mohamed; Kobtan, Abdelrahman; Elhendawy, Mohammed; Abd-Elsalam, Sherief; Mansour, Loai; Amer, Ibrahim

    2016-10-01

    Globally, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the third most frequent cause of cancer-related mortality. In recent years, transarterial chemoembolization, radiofrequency ablation, and microwave ablation (MWA) have been accepted as treatment modalities for patients with surgically unresectable HCC. This study aimed to compare combination treatment with radiofrequency or MWA, followed by transarterial chemoembolization, and performed in a single session. This study was carried out on 50 patients with nonresectable single-lesion HCC, who were divided into three groups: group A included 20 patients treated by transcatheter hepatic arterial chemoembolization, group B included 20 patients treated by radiofrequency thermal ablation combined with transcatheter arterial chemoembolization, and group C included 10 patients treated by MWA combined with transcatheter arterial chemoembolization. The combined treatments were performed in a single session, with the ablation performed first. The total success rate in this study at 6 months following the procedure was 50% in group A, 70% in group B, and 80% in group C. Major complications were recorded in 22% of patients. The number of complications was the highest in group A. Combined ablation with chemoembolization is superior in the treatment of nonresectable single masses larger than 4 cm. Transcatheter arterial chemoembolization and ablation can be performed safely and successfully during a single session, which has not been found to decrease the response rates to treatment. Combined treatment with MWA is more effective in terms of tumor response, and results in the same complication rate as with radiofrequency, but less than chemoembolization alone.

  1. The Effect of 0.02% Mitomycin C Injection into the Hair Follicle with Radiofrequency Ablation in Trichiasis Patients

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    Kim, Gyu-Nam; Yoo, Woong-Sun; Kim, Seong-Jae; Han, Yong-Seop; Chung, In-Young; Park, Jong-Moon; Yoo, Ji-Myong

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To investigate the inhibitory effect of 0.02% mitomycin C on eyelash regrowth when injected to the eyelash hair follicle immediately after radiofrequency ablation. Methods We prospectively included 21 trichiasis patients from June 2011 to October 2012. Twenty eyes of 14 patients were treated with 0.02% mitomycin C to the hair follicle immediately after radiofrequency ablation in group 1, while radiofrequency ablation only was conducted in ten eyes of seven patients in group 2. Recurrences and complications were evaluated until six months after treatment. Results One hundred sixteen eyelashes of 20 eyes in group 1 underwent treatment, and 19 (16.4%) eyelashes recurred. Eighty-four eyelashes of ten eyes in group 2 underwent treatment, and 51 (60.7%) eyelashes recurred. No patients developed any complications related to mitomycin C. Conclusions Application of 0.02% mitomycin C in conjunction with radiofrequency ablation may help to improve the success rate of radiofrequency ablation treatment in trichiasis patients. PMID:24505196

  2. Optimization of Direct Current-Enhanced Radiofrequency Ablation: An Ex Vivo Study

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    Tanaka, Toshihiro Isfort, Peter; Bruners, Philipp; Penzkofer, Tobias; Kichikawa, Kimihiko; Schmitz-Rode, Thomas; Mahnken, Andreas H.

    2010-10-15

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the optimal setting for radiofrequency (RF) ablation combined with direct electrical current (DC) ablation in ex vivo bovine liver. An electrical circuit combining a commercially available RF ablation system with DC was developed. The negative electrode of a rectifier that provides DC was connected to a 3-cm multitined expandable RF probe. A 100-mH inductor was used to prevent electrical leakage from the RF generator. DC was applied for 15 min and followed by RF ablation in freshly excised bovine livers. Electric current was measured by an ammeter. Coagulation volume, ablation duration, and mean amperage were assessed for various DC voltages (no DC, 2.2, 4.5, and 9.0 V) and different RF ablation protocols (stepwise increase from 40 to 80 W, 40 W fixed, and 80 W fixed). Results were compared using Kruskal-Wallis and Mann-Whitney U test. Applying DC with 4.5 or 9.0 V, in combination with 40 W fixed or a stepwise increase of RF energy, resulted in significantly increased zone of ablation size compared with 2.2 V or no DC (P = 0.009). At 4.5 V DC, the stepwise increase of RF energy resulted in the same necrosis size as a 40 W fixed protocol (26.6 {+-} 3.9 vs. 26.5 {+-} 4.0 ml), but ablation duration was significantly decreased (296 {+-} 85 s vs. 423 {+-} 104 s; P = 0.028). Mean amperage was significantly lower at 4.5 V compared with 9.0 V (P = 0.028). Combining a stepwise increase of RF energy with a DC voltage of 4.5 V is most appropriate to increase coagulation volume and to minimize procedure time.

  3. Modified phased radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation reduces the number of cerebral microembolic signals.

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    Zellerhoff, Stephan; Ritter, Martin A; Kochhäuser, Simon; Dittrich, Ralf; Köbe, Julia; Milberg, Peter; Korsukewitz, Catharina; Dechering, Dirk G; Pott, Christian; Wasmer, Kristina; Leitz, Patrick; Güner, Fatih; Eckardt, Lars; Mönnig, Gerold

    2014-03-01

    Phased radiofrequency (RF) ablation for atrial fibrillation is associated with an increased number of silent cerebral lesions on magnetic resonance imaging and cerebral microembolic signals (MESs) on transcranial Doppler ultrasound imaging compared with irrigated RF. The increased rate of embolic events may be due to a specific electrical interference of ablation electrodes attributed to the catheter design. The purpose of this study was to elucidate the effect of deactivating the culprit electrodes on cerebral MESs. Twenty-nine consecutive patients (60 ± 11 years, 10 female) underwent their first pulmonary vein isolation using phased RF energy. Electrode pairs 1 or 5 were deactivated to avoid electrical interference between electrodes 1 and 10 ('modified'). Detection of MESs by transcranial Doppler ultrasound was performed throughout the procedure to assess cerebral microembolism. Results were compared with the numbers of MESs in 31 patients ablated using all available electrodes ('conventional') and to 30 patients undergoing irrigated RF ablation of a previous randomized study. Ablation with 'modified' phased RF was associated with a marked decrease in MESs when compared with 'conventional' phased RF (566 ± 332 vs. 1530 ± 980; P < 0.001). This difference was mainly triggered by the reduction of MES during delivery of phased RF energy, resulting in MES numbers comparable to irrigated RF ablation (646 ± 449; P = 0.7). Total procedure duration as well as time of RF delivery was comparable between phased RF groups. Both times, however, were significantly shorter compared with the irrigated RF group (123 ± 28 vs. 195 ± 38; 15 ± 4 vs. 30 ± 9; P < 0.001, respectively). Pulmonary vein isolation with 'modified' phased RF is associated with a decreased number of cerebral microembolism especially during the delivery of ablation impulses, supporting the significance of electrical interference between ablation electrodes 1 and 10. Deactivation of electrode pairs 1 or

  4. Safety and feasibility of radiofrequency ablation for treatment of Bosniak IV renal cysts

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    de Menezes, Marcos Roberto; Viana, Publio Cesar Cavalcante; Yamanari, Tássia Regina; Reis, Leonardo Oliveira; Nahas, William

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Purpose To describe our initial experience with radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of Bosniak IV renal cysts. Materials and Methods From 2010 to 2014, 154 renal tumor cases were treated with percutaneous thermal ablation, of which 10 cases (6.4%) from nine patients were complex renal cysts and were treated with radiofrequency ablation. Results All complex cysts were classified as Bosniak IV (four women and five men; mean age: 63.6 yrs, range: 33–83 years). One patient had a single kidney. Lesion size ranged from 1.5 to 4.1cm (mean: 2.5cm) and biopsy was performed on four cysts immediately before the procedure, all of which were malignant (two clear cell and two papillary carcinoma). Mean volume reduction of complex cysts was 25% (range: 10–40%). No patients required retreatment with RFA and no immediate or late complications were observed. The follow-up of Bosniak IV cysts had a median of 27 months (interquartile range [IQR], 23 to 38) and no recurrence or significant loss of renal function were observed. Conclusions Mid-term follow-up of the cases in our database suggests that image-guided percutaneous RFA can treat Bosniak IV cysts with very low complication rates and satisfactorily maintain renal function. PMID:27286107

  5. Theoretical modeling for radiofrequency ablation: state-of-the-art and challenges for the future

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    Berjano, Enrique J

    2006-01-01

    Radiofrequency ablation is an interventional technique that in recent years has come to be employed in very different medical fields, such as the elimination of cardiac arrhythmias or the destruction of tumors in different locations. In order to investigate and develop new techniques, and also to improve those currently employed, theoretical models and computer simulations are a powerful tool since they provide vital information on the electrical and thermal behavior of ablation rapidly and at low cost. In the future they could even help to plan individual treatment for each patient. This review analyzes the state-of-the-art in theoretical modeling as applied to the study of radiofrequency ablation techniques. Firstly, it describes the most important issues involved in this methodology, including the experimental validation. Secondly, it points out the present limitations, especially those related to the lack of an accurate characterization of the biological tissues. After analyzing the current and future benefits of this technique it finally suggests future lines and trends in the research of this area. PMID:16620380

  6. Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Radiofrequency Ablation (EUS-RFA) of the Pancreas in a Porcine Model

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    Gaidhane, Monica; Smith, Ioana; Ellen, Kristi; Gatesman, Jeremy; Habib, Nagy; Foley, Patricia; Moskaluk, Christopher; Kahaleh, Michel

    2012-01-01

    Backgrounds. Limited effective palliative treatments exist for pancreatic cancer which includes surgery or chemotherapy. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) uses high frequency alternating current to ablate diseased tissue and has been used to treat various tumors. In this study, we evaluated a prototype probe adjusted to the EUS-needle to perform EUS-RFA to permit coagulative necrosis in the pancreas. Methods. Five Yucatan pigs underwent EUS-guided radiofrequency ablation of the head of their pancreas. Using an EUS-needle, RFA was applied with 6 mm and then 10 mm of the probe exposed at specific wattage for preset durations. Results. Only one pig showed moderate levels of pancreatitis (20% proximal pancreatitis). The other animals showed much lower areas of tissue damage. In 3 of the 5 pigs, the proximal pancreas showed greater levels of tissue injury than the distal pancreas, consistent with the proximity of the tissue to the procedure site. In 1 pig, both proximal and distal pancreas showed minimal pancreatitis (1%). There was minimal evidence of fat necrosis in intra-pancreatic and/or extra-pancreatic adipose tissue. Conclusion. EUS-guided RFA of the pancreatic head with the monopolar probe through a 19-gauge needle was well tolerated in 5 Yucatan pigs and with minimal amount of pancreatitis. PMID:23049547

  7. Unguarded tricuspid orifice with pulmonary atresia: successful radiofrequency ablation of an accessory pathway in an infant

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    Magee, A.; Rosenthal, E.; Bostock, J.; Gill, J.

    1998-01-01

    A male infant with the rare lesion of unguarded tricuspid orifice in the setting of pulmonary valve atresia, intact ventricular septum, and a hypoplastic right ventricle is described. The patient presented with cyanosis at 1 day old; transcutaneous oxygen saturations were between 20% and 30% in room air, and 60% in 100% inspired oxygen. Pre-excitation was found incidentally on the ECG and the potential for rapid antegrade conduction of atrial tachyarrhythmias, after eventual extended palliation with the Fontan procedure, was demonstrated at electrophysiological study. By 11 months old the patient was becoming increasingly cyanosed and interim palliation with a bidirectional cavopulmonary shunt was proposed. Successful radiofrequency ablation of the accessory pathway was performed before bidirectional cavopulmonary shunt, which would have prevented access to the heart via the superior vena cava. Difficulty with femoral venous access because of previous occlusion of a femoral vein was overcome by the use of 2 F pacing electrodes and a 5 F ablation catheter.

 Keywords: radiofrequency ablation;  accessory pathway;  unguarded tricuspid orifice PMID:9505931

  8. An in-vitro animal experiment on metal implants' thermal effect on radiofrequency ablation.

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    Lin, Zhen-Wen; Chu, Hong; He, Fan; Wang, Lu-Ping; Kong, Jian

    2013-06-22

    To explore metal implants' thermal effect on radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and ascertain distance-thermal relationship between the metal implants and radiofrequency (RF) electrode. Metal implants models were established in seven in-vitro porcine livers using silver clips or 125I seeds. RFA were conducted centering the RF electrode axis1 cm away from them, with one side containing a metal implants model the test group and the other side the control group. The thermometric needles were used to measure multi-point temperatures in order to compare the time-distance-temperature difference between the two groups. The gross scopes of the ablation of the two groups were measured and the tissues were analyzed for microscopic histology. At the ablation times of 8, 12, and 15 min, the average multi-point temperatures of the test group and the control group were 48.2±18.07°C, 51.5±19.57°C, 54.6±19.75°C, and 48.6±17.69°C, 52.2±19.73°C, 54.9±19.24°C, respectively, and the differences were not statistically significant (n=126, P>0.05). At the ablation times of 12 and 15 min, the ablation scopes of the test group and the control group were (horizontal/longitudinal diameter) 1.55/3.48 cm, 1.89/3.72 cm, and 1.56/3.48 cm, 1.89/3.72 cm, respectively, and the differences were not statistically significant (n=14, P>0.05). The two groups had the same manifestations in microscopy. Metal implants do not cause significant thermal effect on RFA.

  9. Local cooling effect on perforation rates comparing the 980-1470 nm laser wavelengths used with endovenous laser ablation: double blind in vitro experimental study.

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    Tarhan, I A; Dumantepe, M; Yurdakul, I; Kehlibar, T; Ozler, A

    2014-03-01

    Endovenous laser treatment (EVLA) is fast gaining acceptance as an alternative to open surgery for the treatment of saphenous vein incompetence. The method of action of these techniques is based on heat, making tumescence anaesthesia necessity. Heat-induced complications may occur with inadequate application of tumescent anaesthesia. Our hypothesis was, local cooling effect of tumescent anaesthesia on tunica adventitia might be kept undamaged from disruption due to the thermal injury. We experimented with two popular laser wavelengths (980 and 1470 nm) and with two different thermal media (+4 and +24) in vitro for perforation. Twenty different 12 cm length vein pieces were numbered randomly to set up four groups of the experiment. Endovenous laser procedures were applied in same manner in a unique design test tube with same energy density per pieces on same duration (10 W/second) (linear endovenous energy density 60 J/cm). Procedure video was recorded for macroscopic perforations. All postprocedure vein segments were examined microscopically. Activities of both wavelengths were much better in cold medium (P < 0.05). Cold tumescent anaesthesia reduces the bleeding complication rate. But the performance of 1470 nm laser was better than that of 980 nm in cold environment (P = 0.0136). It can be commented that reducing the ambient temperature is more beneficial than modifying the laser wavelength on perforation rates. Therefore we suppose tumescent anaesthesia temperature is effective on perforation independently from the wavelengths or type of the laser fibre.

  10. Novel Percutaneous Radiofrequency Ablation of Portal Vein Tumor Thrombus: Safety and Feasibility

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    Mizandari, Malkhaz; Ao, Guokun; Zhang Yaojun; Feng Xi; Shen Qiang; Chen Minshan; Lau, Wan Yee; Nicholls, Joanna; Jiao Long; Habib, Nagy

    2013-02-15

    We report our experience of the safety of partial recanalization of the portal vein using a novel endovascular radiofrequency (RF) catheter for portal vein tumor thrombosis. Six patients with liver cancer and tumor thrombus in the portal vein underwent percutaneous intravascular radiofrequency ablation (RFA) using an endovascular bipolar RF device. A 0.035-inch guidewire was introduced into a tributary of the portal vein and through which a 5G guide catheter was introduced into the main portal vein. After manipulation of the guide catheter over the thrombus under digital subtraction angiography, the endovascular RF device was inserted and activated around the thrombus. There were no observed technique specific complications, such as hemorrhage, vessel perforation, or infection. Post-RFA portography showed partial recanalization of portal vein. RFA of portal vein tumor thrombus in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma is technically feasible and warrants further investigation to assess efficacy compared with current recanalization techniques.

  11. Development of an Animal Model for Radiofrequency Ablation of Primary, Virally Induced Hepatocellular Carcinoma in the Woodchuck

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    Burke, Charles T.; Cullen, John M.; State, Andrei; Gadi, Sashi; Wilber, Kathy; Rosenthal, Michael; Bulysheva, Anna; Pease, Anthony; Mauro, Mathew A.; Fuchs, Henry

    2011-01-01

    Purpose To develop a consistent and reproducible method in an animal model for studies of radiofrequency ablation of primary HCC. Materials and Methods Fifteen woodchucks were inoculated with woodchuck hepatitis virus to establish chronic infections. When serum gamma glutamyltranspeptidase levels became elevated, the animals were evaluated with ultrasound and in most cases, a pre-operative magnetic resonance imaging to confirm tumor development. Ultimately, radiofrequency ablation of tumors was performed using a 1-cm probe with the animal submerged in a water bath for grounding. Ablation effectiveness was evaluated with contrast-enhanced MRI and gross and histopathologic analysis. Results Radiofrequency ablation was performed in 15 woodchucks. Modifications were made to the initial study design to adapt methodology for the woodchuck. The last ten of these animals were treated with standardized protocol using a 1 cm probe that produced a consistent area of tumor necrosis (mean size of ablation of 10.2mm × 13.1mm) and that led to no complications. Conclusions We have developed a safe, reliable and consistent method to study radiofrequency ablation of spontaneous primary hepatocellular carcinoma using chronically woodchuck hepatitis virus-infected woodchucks, an animal model of Hepatits B virus-induced hepatocellular carcinoma. PMID:21959057

  12. Preparation of carbon-coated iron nanofluid and its application in radiofrequency ablation.

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    Wu, Qiguang; Zhang, Haiyan; Chen, Minshan; Zhang, Yaojun; Huang, Junting; Xu, Zuowen; Wang, Wenguang

    2015-05-01

    Carbon-coated iron nanoparticles (Fe@C CCINs) were synthesized by carbon arc discharge method and were studied via X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results showed that CCINs have good core-shell structure and are in size of 40-50 nm. Also, carbon-coated iron nanofluid (CCINs-nanofluid) was prepared via two-step method by dispersing as-prepared CCINs and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) into physiological saline. Its dispersion stability and thermal conductivity were detected by gravity sedimentation method and Hotdisk thermal constant analyzer respectively. The results indicated that CCINs-nanofluid possesses good dispersity and stability. Moreover, CCINs-nanofluid showed enhanced thermal conductivity compared with its base fluid physiological saline. The enhancement of thermal conductivity even reaches 41%. Additionally, CCINs-nanofluid injection aided radiofrequency ablation (RFA) was carried out. The relation between tissue temperature and ablation time revealed that by injecting CCINs-nanofluid into pork livers during RFA, target tissue temperatures were less than 100°C. Dissected pork livers showed that there was little or no tissue charring around the ablation probe. Results of ablation area calculation showed that the ablation area of CCINs-nanofluid injection aided RFA was 67% larger than that of saline injection aided RFA, indicating that a larger-volume tumor tissue necrosis at a single session can be achieved by CCINs-nanofluid injection aided RFA. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  13. Hybrid approach to atrial fibrillation ablation using bipolar radiofrequency devices epicardially and cryoballoon endocardially.

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    Kumar, Narendra; Pison, Laurent; La Meir, Mark; Maessen, Jos; Crijns, Harry J

    2014-10-01

    Bipolar radiofrequency (RF) devices are used epicardially by cardiac surgeons and cryoballoon endocardially by cardiac electrophysiologists for atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation, but in separate entities. The study's objective was to evaluate the feasibility and safety of combining an endocardial cryoballoon with epicardial bipolar RF ablation for the treatment of AF. A cohort of 7 patients with AF underwent a hybrid thoracoscopic surgical and endocardial ablation. To prevent bilateral sequential lung deflation in these patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the right pulmonary veins (PVs) were isolated using an epicardial bipolar RF clamp and the contralateral veins with an endocardial cryoballoon. A box lesion set was made epicardially using a bipolar RF pen. Acutely, pacing manoeuvres proved a bidirectional block in all PVs in all patients. No complications were seen. A box lesion was made in 5 patients. During follow-up, 2 of them had AF recurrence: 1 was treated successfully with sotalol and another underwent redo RF catheter ablation with reisolation of the right inferior PV. At present, 6 of 7 patients are in sinus rhythm without any anti-arrythmic drugs during a follow-up of more than 40 ± 3 months. A hybrid approach to AF ablation using a cryoballoon endocardially and a bipolar RF device epicardially is feasible and safe. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. All rights reserved.

  14. [Does radiofrequency ablation of the bundle of Kent results in a lower risk of atrial fibrillation?].

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    Brembilla-Perrot, B; Beurrier, D; Houriez, P

    2002-02-01

    Radiofrequency ablation of the Bundle of Kent is a common method of treating malignant forms of the Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and the paroxysmal junctional tachycardia which may complicate this condition. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of ablation of a latent or patent Bundle of Kent on the prevention of atrial fibrillation. One hundred and thirty eight patients aged 15 to 81 years of age with one or more patent (Group I) (n = 96) or latent Bundles of Kent (Group II) (n = 42) underwent successful ablation of the Bundle of Kent. Five patients in Group I (5%) and 4 in Group II (9.5%) had spontaneous paroxysmal atrial fibrillation before ablation. During electrophysiological investigation, AF was induced in 7 patients, 2 of whom had spontaneous AF in Group I and 3 in Group II. During follow-up (3 +/- 1 years), 3 patients of Group I went on to develop AF: 2 of them had never had the arrhythmia before: 4 patients of Group II, including 2 with previous AF, went on to develop AF. The risk of spontaneous AF was correlated to older ages. The authors conclude that persistence of the risk of spontaneous AF after ablation of a Bundle of Kent should be investigated especially in patients over 45 years of age.

  15. Effect of Ultrasound-Guided Radiofrequency Ablation in Incompletely Treated Hepatocellular Carcinoma after Transcatheter Arterial Chemoembolization

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    Chang, Nam Kyu; Kim, Jin Woong; Kim, Hyung Jun; Jeong, Yong Yeon; Heo, Suk Hee; Kim, Jae Kyu; Kang, Heoung Keun

    2012-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the effectiveness of ultrasound-guided radiofrequency (RF) ablation in patients with incompletely treated hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) after transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) and to evaluate possible prognostic factors for this therapy. Subjects and Methods Thirty nine patients with incompletely treated single HCC (≤ 5 cm) after TACE were treated with RF ablation. All patients were evaluated for complete tumor ablation rate, local recurrence-free rate, overall survival rate, and complications. Local recurrence-free rate and overall survival rate were calculated using the Kaplan-Meier method. The possible prognostic factors of local recurrence-free rate and survival rate were analyzed using Cox proportional-hazards regression model. Results The complete tumor ablation rate was 92.3%. Local recurrence-free rates for 1-, 2-, 3-, and 5-years were 81.7%, 63.1%, 53.6%, and 35.7%, respectively. One-, 2-, 3-, and 5-year overall survival rates were 96.9%, 82.9%, 67.8%, and 48.4%, respectively. Among prognostic factors included in the analysis, only tumor diameter (≤ 2 cm versus > 2 cm) was statistically significant in terms of predicting local recurrence. Complications were observed in two patients, one with liver abscess and the other with portal venous thrombosis. Conclusion Ultrasound-guided RF ablation could be effective and safe in treating incompletely treated HCC after TACE. The diameter of HCC was a significant prognostic factor for local recurrence. PMID:22563280

  16. ANALYSIS OF FACTORS AFFECTING OUTCOME OF ULTRASOUND-GUIDED RADIOFREQUENCY HEAT ABLATION FOR TREATMENT OF PRIMARY HYPERPARATHYROIDISM IN DOGS.

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    Bucy, Daniel; Pollard, Rachel; Nelson, Richard

    2017-01-01

    Radiofrequency (RF) parathyroid ablation is a noninvasive treatment for hyperparathyroidism in dogs. There are no published data assessing factors associated with RF parathyroid ablation success or failure in order to guide patient selection and improve outcome. The purpose of this retrospective analytical study was to determine whether imaging findings, biochemical data, or concurrent diseases were associated with RF heat ablation treatment failure. For inclusion in the study, dogs must have had a clinical diagnosis of primary hyperparathyroidism, undergone cervical ultrasound and RF ablation of abnormal parathyroid tissue, and must have had at least 3 months of follow-up information available following the date of ultrasound-guided parathyroid ablation. Dogs were grouped based on those with recurrent or persistent hypercalcemia and those without recurrent or persistent hypercalcemia following therapy. Parathyroid nodule size, thyroid lobe size, nodule location, and presence of concurrent disease were recorded. Recurrence of hypercalcemia occurred in 9/32 dogs that had ablation of abnormal parathyroid tissue (28%) and one patient had persistent hypercalcemia (3%) following parathyroid ablation. Nodule width (P = 0.036), height (P = 0.028), and largest cross-sectional area (P = 0.023) were larger in dogs that had recurrent or persistent hypercalcemia following ablation. Hypothyroidism was more common in dogs with recurrent disease (P = 0.044). Radiofrequency ablation was successful in 22/32 (69%) dogs. Larger parathyroid nodule size and/or concurrent hypothyroidism were associated with treatment failure in dogs that underwent ultrasound-guided RF parathyroid nodule ablation.

  17. Impact of atrial remodeling on heart rhythm after radiofrequency ablation and mitral valve operations.

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    Olasinska-Wisniewska, Anna; Mularek-Kubzdela, Tatiana; Grajek, Stefan; Marszalek, Andrzej; Sarnowski, Wojciech; Jemielity, Marek; Seniuk, Wojciech; Lesiak, Maciej; Prech, Marek; Podzerek, Tomasz

    2012-05-01

    This study was conducted to determine the effect of left atrial structural remodeling on heart rhythm after radiofrequency ablation concomitant to mitral valve operation. Sixty-six consecutive patients with of atrial fibrillation (AF) and mitral valve disease underwent radiofrequency ablation and mitral valve operation. Heart rhythm was evaluated before and at 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively. Biopsy specimens of the posterior wall of the left atrium were evaluated for the extent of fibrosis, myocyte diameter, intensity of inflammatory infiltrates, degree of myocytolysis, and capillary density. Ten patients died and 1 patient was lost to follow-up. Heart rhythm at 12 months was used to divide the remaining 55 patients into two groups: group I, 34 with sinus rhythm; group II, 21 with AF. Paroxysmal AF preoperatively was more frequent among group I patients, and persistent/long-standing persistent AF in group II (p=0.0006). Groups I and II differed significantly in myocyte diameter (17.9±3.5 vs 20.3±4.6 μm, p=0.04), fibrosis percentage (38.7%±11.2% vs 47.6%±12.3%, p=0.009), inflammatory infiltrates (p=0.02), and preoperative left atrial diameter (5.03±0.7 vs 5.5±0.8 cm, p=0.04). No differences were found in capillary density (797.9±500.6 vs 946.0±373.7/mm2, p=0.3) and myocytolysis (p=0.4). Multivariate analysis showed myocyte diameter (p=0.047) and fibrosis (p=0.014) were independent predictors for an AF persistence at 12 months. Left atrial structural remodeling strongly affects heart rhythm after concomitant radiofrequency ablation and mitral valve operation. Copyright © 2012 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Acoustic reflectors are visible in the right heart during radiofrequency ablation of varicose veins.

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    Sounderajah, V; Moore, H M; Thapar, A; Lane, T R A; Fox, K; Franklin, I J; Davies, A H

    2015-09-01

    Cerebrovascular events have been noted after foam sclerotherapy for varicose veins. One hypothesis is migration of microemboli to the brain through a cardiac septal defect. The aim of this study was to identify whether acoustic reflectors are found in the right side of the heart during radiofrequency ablation of varicose veins, as neurological events are not reported during these procedures. Transthoracic echocardiography was performed during local anaesthetic radiofrequency ablation (VNUS ClosureFast) of the great saphenous vein in 14 patients. An apical view was captured at the start of the procedure, during each cycle of heating and at 1 min post-treatment. Patients were monitored for 1 h. Video loops were read by an independent cardiologist. The presence of acoustic reflectors was classified as: 0 = absent, 1 = occasional, 2 = stream, 3 = complete opacification. Loops were of diagnostic quality in 11/14 (79%) patients. After the second cycle of heating, acoustic reflectors moving through the right heart were seen in 5/11 (45%) patients. These were classified as grade 1 in four patients and grade 2 in one patient. No acoustic reflectors were seen in the left heart. No neurological symptoms were reported. Acoustic reflectors in the right heart are a common finding during radiofrequency ablation of varicose veins. Considering the prevalence of cardiac septal defects (17%), more neurological events would be expected if these particles were indeed responsible for these events. Further work is required to elicit the mechanisms underlying neurological complications following sclerotherapy. © The Author(s) 2014.

  19. Computational modeling of radiofrequency ablation: evaluation on ex vivo data using ultrasound monitoring

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    Audigier, Chloé; Kim, Younsu; Dillow, Austin; Boctor, Emad M.

    2017-03-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is the most widely used minimally invasive ablative therapy for liver cancer, but it is challenged by a lack of patient-specific monitoring. Inter-patient tissue variability and the presence of blood vessels make the prediction of the RFA difficult. A monitoring tool which can be personalized for a given patient during the intervention would be helpful to achieve a complete tumor ablation. However, the clinicians do not have access to such a tool, which results in incomplete treatment and a large number of recurrences. Computational models can simulate the phenomena and mechanisms governing this therapy. The temperature evolution as well as the resulted ablation can be modeled. When combined together with intraoperative measurements, computational modeling becomes an accurate and powerful tool to gain quantitative understanding and to enable improvements in the ongoing clinical settings. This paper shows how computational models of RFA can be evaluated using intra-operative measurements. First, simulations are used to demonstrate the feasibility of the method, which is then evaluated on two ex vivo datasets. RFA is simulated on a simplified geometry to generate realistic longitudinal temperature maps and the resulted necrosis. Computed temperatures are compared with the temperature evolution recorded using thermometers, and with temperatures monitored by ultrasound (US) in a 2D plane containing the ablation tip. Two ablations are performed on two cadaveric bovine livers, and we achieve error of 2.2 °C on average between the computed and the thermistors temperature and 1.4 °C and 2.7 °C on average between the temperature computed and monitored by US during the ablation at two different time points (t = 240 s and t = 900 s).

  20. Lung Radiofrequency Ablation: In Vivo Experimental Study with Low-Perfusion-Rate Multitined Electrodes

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    Crocetti, Laura Lencioni, Riccardo; Bozzi, Elena; Sbrana, Alberto; Bartolozzi, Carlo

    2008-05-15

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility and safety of lung radiofrequency (RF) ablation by using low-perfusion-rate, expandable, multitined electrodes in an in vivo animal model. Ten New Zealand White rabbits underwent RF ablation using low-perfusion-rate, expandable, multitined electrodes (Starburst Talon; RITA Medical Systems, Mountain View, CA) and a 200-W RF generator. The electrode was positioned under fluoroscopy guidance and a single percutaneous RF ablation was performed. Saline perfusate was doped with nonionic iodinated contrast agent to render it visible on computed tomography (CT). The pump infused the saline doped with contrast agent into the lateral tines at a rate of 0.1ml/min. The planned ablation was of 3 min, with the hooks deployed to 2 cm at a target temperature of 105{sup o}C. An immediate posttreatment CT scan documented the distribution of the doped saline and the presence of immediate complications. The animals were monitored for delayed complications and sacrificed within 72 h (n = 4), 2 weeks (n = 3), or 4 weeks (n = 3). Assessment of ablation zone and adjacent structures was done at autopsy. Major complications consisted of pneumothorax requiring drainage (n = 2) and skin burn (n = 1). Immediately after the procedure the area of ablation was depicted at CT as a round, well-demarcated area, homogeneously opacified by iodinated contrast medium (mean size, 2.3 {+-} 0.8 cm). The presence of a sharply demarcated area of coagulation necrosis (mean size, 2.1 {+-} 0.4 cm) without severe damage to adjacent structures was confirmed at autopsy. In one case, euthanized at 4 weeks, in whom pneumothorax and pleural effusion were depicted, pleural fibrinous adhesions were demonstrated at autopsy. In conclusion, lung RF ablation performed in an in vivo animal model using low-perfusion-rate, expandable, multitined electrodes is feasible and safe. No severe damage to adjacent structures was demonstrated.

  1. Microwave versus Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment for Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Comparison of Efficacy at a Single Center.

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    Potretzke, Theodora A; Ziemlewicz, Timothy J; Hinshaw, J Louis; Lubner, Meghan G; Wells, Shane A; Brace, Christopher L; Agarwal, Parul; Lee, Fred T

    2016-05-01

    To compare efficacy and major complication rates of radiofrequency (RF) and microwave (MW) ablation for treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). This retrospective single-center study included 69 tumors in 55 patients treated by RF ablation and 136 tumors in 99 patients treated by MW ablation between 2001 and 2013. RF and MW ablation devices included straight 17-gauge applicators. Overall survival and rates of local tumor progression (LTP) were evaluated using Kaplan-Meier techniques with Cox proportional hazard ratio (HR) models and competing risk regression of LTP. RF and MW cohorts were similar in age (P = .22), Model for End-Stage Liver Disease score (P = .24), and tumor size (mean 2.4 cm [range, 0.6-4.5 cm] and 2.2 cm [0.5-4.2 cm], P = .09). Median length of follow-up was 31 months for RF and 24 months for MW. Rate of LTP was 17.7% with RF and 8.8% with MW. Corresponding HR from Cox and competing risk models was 2.17 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.04-4.50; P = 0.04) and 2.01 (95% CI, 0.95-4.26; P = .07), respectively. There was improved survival for patients treated with MW ablation, although this was not statistically significant (Cox HR, 1.59 [95% CI, 0.91-2.77; P = .103]). There were few major (≥ grade C) complications (2 for RF, 1 for MW; P = .28). Treating HCC percutaneously with RF or MW ablation was associated with high primary efficacy and durable response, with lower rates of LTP after MW ablation. Copyright © 2016 SIR. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Finite element analysis of tissue deformation with a radiofrequency ablation electrode for strain imaging.

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    Jiang, Jingfeng; Varghese, Tomy; Chen, Quan; Hall, Timothy J; Zagzebski, James A

    2007-02-01

    Recent studies have shown that radiofrequency (RF) electrode displacement or deformation-based strain imaging can be used as an alternate imaging modality to monitor and to evaluate ablative therapies for liver tumors. This paper describes a biomechanical model used to study RF electrode deformation-based strain imaging, in conjunction with a simulated medical ultrasound linear array transducer. The computer simulations reported here are important steps toward understanding this biomechanical system in vivo, thus providing a basis for improving system design, including the motion tracking algorithm and image guidance for performing RF electrode displacement-strain imaging in vivo.

  3. [A clinical observation of cool-tip radiofrequency ablation assisted enucleation for giant renal angiomyolipoma].

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    Zhang, Shiwei; Zhang, Lijin; Zhao, Xiaozhi; Ji, Changwei; Liu, Guangxiang; Li, Xiaogong; Song, Jiannan; Guo, Hongqian

    2016-02-01

    To initially explore the clinical effect of cool-tip radiofrequency ablation combined with enucleation for the giant hamartoma of kidney with narrow base and export-oriented way of growth. The clinical date of 15 patients including 6 male and 9 female with special hamartoma of kidney underwent cool-tip radiofrequency ablation assisted enucleation from July 2011 to October 2014 were reviewed.The median age was 49 years (ranging from 35 to 71 years). There were 6 cases with left renal tumor, 8 cases with right renal tumor and 1 case with solitary kidney tumor.All patients were confirmed by B ultrasound or CT scan, the mean diameter of hamartoma of kidney was 9.7 cm(8.5-12.7)cm, all tumors were located distant from the collecting system and presents with a special way of growth.The preoperative hemoglobin was (129±18)g/L, SCr was (92±41)μmol/L, glomerular filtration rate (GFR) was (32±12)ml·min(-1)·1.73 m(-2). Cool-tip radiofrequency ablation assisted enucleation was technically successful in all patients.The mean operative duration was (115±31)minutes, and the average intraoperative bleeding was (72±21)ml with no blooding transfusion.The postoperative hospital stay was(7±2)days, and the postoperative hemoglobin was(129±18)g/L, SCr (92±41)μmol/L, GFR(30±15)ml·min(-1)·1.73 m(-2). No statistic change of hemoglobin and SCr or glomerular filtration rate after operations(all P>0.05). Postoperative pathology showed that all cases were hamartoma of kidney.During a mean follow-up period of 19.5 months, none of them had local tumor recurrence or chronic renal insufficiency. Cool-tip radiofrequency ablation assisted enucleation is both safe and effective in the treatment of huge hamartoma of kidney with a narrow base and export-oriented way of growth. The short-term follow-up shows a satisfactory therapeutic effect.

  4. Sacroiliac joint radiofrequency ablation with a multilesion probe: a case series of 60 patients.

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    Schmidt, Peter C; Pino, Carlos A; Vorenkamp, Kevin E

    2014-08-01

    This retrospective case series of patients with refractory sacroiliac joint (SIJ) pain presents our first 77 SIJ radiofrequency ablation (RFA) procedures performed with a multilesion probe. Of these, 16 (20.8%) provided no relief; 55 (71.4%) provided >50% pain relief at 6 weeks; 42 (54.5%, 95% confidence interval, 42.8%-65.8%) provided >50% pain relief at 6 months; and 12 (15.6%) continued to provide >50% pain relief at 1 year. These results compare favorably to those published using other RFA techniques. In conclusion, more than half of our patients with refractory SIJ pain received some pain relief for at least 6 months after RFA.

  5. Refractory Jaundice From Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm Treated With Cholangioscopy-Guided Radiofrequency Ablation.

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    Brown, Nicholas G; Camilo, Joel; McCarter, Martin; Shah, Raj J

    2016-04-01

    Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMNs) are epithelial neoplasms treated with surgical resection when appropriate. We present a 79-year-old man with jandice refractory to endoscopic stenting. Biliary radiofrequency ablation (RFA) with cholangioscopy was used as palliation of obstructive jaundice due to a mucin-producing pancreatic IPMN with fistulous biliary communication. Clinical improvement permitted surgery, and he returned to pre-illness status at 17 months. The use of cholangioscopy in the setting of mucinous filling defects can guide over-the-wire RFA for palliation and may be a bridge to surgery.

  6. [Contrast-enhanced sonography. Therapy control of radiofrequency ablation and transarterial chemoembolization of hepatocellular carcinoma].

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    Jung, E M; Uller, W; Stroszczynski, C; Clevert, D-A

    2011-06-01

    Due to the imaging of dynamic perfusion, hepatocellular carcinoma can be detected with a sensitivity of >90% using contrast-enhanced sonography. The characterization of liver tumors with contrast-enhanced sonography is comparable to the diagnostic accuracy of contrast-enhanced computed tomography. The dynamic detection of microvascularization with contrast-enhanced sonography allows the differentiation between vascularized tumors and non-vascularized necrotic lesions before, during and after transarterial chemoembolization or percutaneous radiofrequency ablation. Image fusion with volume navigation can be useful in the followup control.

  7. [Successful radiofrequency catheter ablation of the symptomatic ventricular tachycardia in structurally normal heart. Case report].

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    Maciag, Aleksander; Sterliński, Maciej; Pytkowski, Mariusz; Jankowska, Agnieszka; Szwed, Hanna

    2003-12-01

    Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFA) in structurally normal heart ventricular arrhythmias has been found to be promising direction of develop. Authors presented the case of successful RFA of symptomatic ventricular tachycardia originating from right ventricle outflow tract (RVOT). Arrhythmogenic locus was localised basing on ECG pattern, analyze of endocardial potentials and pace mapping method. In two-year follow up she was free of symptoms and ventricular arrhythmia, no medication needed. RFA is an effective and safe therapy in ventricular tachycardia in structurally normal heart.

  8. [Interventions on facet joints. Techniques of facet joint injection, medial branch block and radiofrequency ablation].

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    Artner, J; Klessinger, S

    2015-10-01

    Fluoroscopy-guided interventions on facet joints have been used for decades for the symptomatic management of pain in spinal disorders. A large number of imaging techniques are used to achieve a precise and safe needle placement in interventional procedures. Pulsed fluoroscopy is one of the most widely used and well-accepted tools for these procedures. This article presents a technical overview of commonly used fluoroscopy-guided interventions on the facet joints of the cervical and lumbar spine, such as facet joint injection, blockade of the medial nerve branches and radiofrequency ablation.

  9. Survival outcome of salvage hepatectomy in patients with local, recurrent hepatocellular carcinoma who underwent radiofrequency ablation as their first treatment.

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    Ueno, Masaki; Nakai, Takuya; Hayashi, Michihiro; Hirokawa, Fumitoshi; Nagano, Hiroaki; Wada, Hiroshi; Kaibori, Masaki; Matsui, Kosuke; Tanaka, Shogo; Yamaue, Hiroki; Kubo, Shoji

    2016-09-01

    Local recurrence is a specific problem after radiofrequency ablation of small hepatocellular carcinoma, and additional treatment is an important issue. We aimed to investigate the outcome of salvage hepatectomy in patients who develop local, recurrent hepatocellular carcinoma after treatment with radiofrequency ablation. From 2001-2013, we reviewed 58 patients from 6 university hospitals with local, recurrent hepatocellular carcinoma who underwent salvage hepatectomy after their initial radiofrequency ablation treatment. Pathologic characteristics and prognostic factors influencing overall survival were analyzed. Noncurative resection, des-gamma carboxy prothrombin levels >40 mAU/mL, and multiple preceding treatments before salvage hepatectomy were negative prognostic factors for overall survival. The 5-year survivals for the prognostic factors were 0%, 24%, and 30%, respectively, after salvage hepatectomy, and 0%, 54%, and 54% after initial radiofrequency ablation treatment, respectively. As for the pathologic finding of local, recurrent hepatocellular carcinoma after radiofrequency ablation, vascular invasion was observed frequently in patients with increases in des-gamma carboxy prothrombin levels and with multiple preceding treatments before salvage hepatectomy with a frequency of 59% and 53%, respectively (P < .01 and .05). Noncurative resection, increases in serum des-gamma carboxy prothrombin, and multiple preceding treatments were prognostic factors for subsequent salvage hepatectomy; nevertheless, survival outcomes were still acceptable when a curative salvage hepatectomy was performed. Increases in serum des-gamma carboxy prothrombin and multiple preceding treatments were positive predictors for pathologic vascular invasion. These factors should be taken into consideration when selecting treatment modalities for locally recurrent hepatocellular carcinoma following radiofrequency ablation. Repetition of unsuccessful, loco-regional treatment would appear

  10. Laparoscopic Repair of a Diaphragmatic Hernia Associated with Radiofrequency Ablation for Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Lessons from a Case and the Review of the Literature

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    Nomura, Ryohei; Tokumura, Hiromi; Furihata, Makoto

    2014-01-01

    We describe the case of a patient with a diaphragmatic hernia associated with radiofrequency ablation for hepatocellular carcinoma who was successfully treated by laparoscopic surgery. A 62-year-old man with a long history of hepatitis C-induced liver cirrhosis was admitted to our institution because of recurrent postprandial periumbilical pain. Eight years earlier, he had undergone radiofrequency ablation for hepatocellular carcinoma at hepatic segment VIII. Computed tomography, gastrografin enema examination revealed transverse colon obstruction because of a diaphragmatic hernia. We diagnosed diaphragmatic hernia associated with the prior radiofrequency ablation treatment. The patient underwent laparoscopic repair of the diaphragmatic hernia. Though the patient experienced the recurrence once, relaparoscopic treatment has improved the patient's conditions. Thus, diaphragmatic hernia can develop as a complication of radiofrequency ablation treatment. A laparoscopic approach is safe, feasible, and minimally invasive, even in patients with cirrhosis who develop iatrogenic diaphragmatic hernia as a complication of radiofrequency ablation treatment. PMID:25058770

  11. Laparoscopic repair of a diaphragmatic hernia associated with radiofrequency ablation for hepatocellular carcinoma: lessons from a case and the review of the literature.

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    Nomura, Ryohei; Tokumura, Hiromi; Furihata, Makoto

    2014-01-01

    We describe the case of a patient with a diaphragmatic hernia associated with radiofrequency ablation for hepatocellular carcinoma who was successfully treated by laparoscopic surgery. A 62-year-old man with a long history of hepatitis C-induced liver cirrhosis was admitted to our institution because of recurrent postprandial periumbilical pain. Eight years earlier, he had undergone radiofrequency ablation for hepatocellular carcinoma at hepatic segment VIII. Computed tomography, gastrografin enema examination revealed transverse colon obstruction because of a diaphragmatic hernia. We diagnosed diaphragmatic hernia associated with the prior radiofrequency ablation treatment. The patient underwent laparoscopic repair of the diaphragmatic hernia. Though the patient experienced the recurrence once, relaparoscopic treatment has improved the patient's conditions. Thus, diaphragmatic hernia can develop as a complication of radiofrequency ablation treatment. A laparoscopic approach is safe, feasible, and minimally invasive, even in patients with cirrhosis who develop iatrogenic diaphragmatic hernia as a complication of radiofrequency ablation treatment.

  12. Fiber-optic catheter-based polarization-sensitive OCT for radio-frequency ablation monitoring

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    Fu, Xiaoyong; Wang, Zhao; Wang, Hui; Wang, Yves T; Jenkins, Michael W; Rollins, Andrew M

    2015-01-01

    An all-fiber optic catheter-based polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography system is demonstrated. A novel multiplexing method was used to illuminate the sample, splitting the light from a 58.5kHz Fourier-domain mode-locked laser such that two different polarization states, alternated in time, are generated by two semiconductor optical amplifiers. A 2.3mm forward-view cone-scanning catheter probe was designed, fabricated, and used to acquire sample scattering intensity and phase retardation images. The system was first verified with a quarter-wave plate and then by obtaining intensity and phase retardation images of high-birefringence plastic, human skin in vivo, and untreated and thermally ablated porcine myocardium ex vivo. The system can potentially in vivo image of the cardiac wall to aid radio-frequency ablation therapy for cardiac arrhythmias. PMID:25166075

  13. Dependence of ultrasound echo decorrelation on local tissue temperature during ex vivo radiofrequency ablation.

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    Subramanian, Swetha; Schmidt, Daniel T; Rao, Marepalli B; Mast, T Douglas

    2016-03-21

    This study investigates echo decorrelation imaging, an ultrasound method for thermal ablation monitoring. The effect of tissue temperature on the mapped echo decorrelation parameter was assessed in radiofrequency ablation experiments performed on ex vivo bovine liver tissue. Echo decorrelation maps were compared with corresponding tissue temperatures simulated using the finite element method. For both echo decorrelation imaging and integrated backscatter imaging, the mapped tissue parameters correlated significantly but weakly with local tissue temperature. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves were used to assess the ability of echo decorrelation and integrated backscatter to predict tissue temperature greater than 40, 60, and 80 °C. Significantly higher area under the ROC curve (AUROC) values were obtained for prediction of tissue temperatures greater than 40, 60, and 80 °C using echo decorrelation imaging (AUROC = 0.871, 0.948 and 0.966) compared to integrated backscatter imaging (AUROC = 0.865, 0.877 and 0.832).

  14. Electromagnetic tracking navigation to guide radiofrequency ablation of a lung tumor.

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    Amalou, Hayet; Wood, Bradford J

    2012-10-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) may be an option for patients with lung tumors who have unresectable disease and are not suitable for available palliative modalities. RFA electrode positioning may take several attempts, necessitating multiple imaging acquisitions or continuous use of computed tomography. Electromagnetic tracking uses miniature sensors integrated with RFA equipment to guide tools in real time, while referencing to preprocedure imaging. This technology was demonstrated successfully during a lung tumor ablation, and this was more accurate at targeting the tumor compared with traditional freehand needle insertion. It is possible, although speculative and anecdotal, that more accuracy could prevent unnecessary repositioning punctures and decrease radiation exposure. Electromagnetic tracking has theoretical potential to benefit minimally invasive interventions.

  15. Electromagnetic Tracking Navigation to Guide Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) of a Lung Tumor

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    Amalou, Hayet; Wood, Bradford J.

    2013-01-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) may be an option for patients with lung tumors who have unresectable disease and are not suitable for available palliative modalities. RFA electrode positioning may take several attempts, necessitating multiple imaging acquisitions or continuous use of CT (Computed Tomography). Electromagnetic tracking utilizes miniature sensors integrated with RFA equipment to guide tools in real-time, while referencing to pre-procedure imaging. This technology was demonstrated successfully during a lung tumor ablation, and was more accurate at targeting the tumor, compared to traditional freehand needle insertion. It is possible, although speculative and anecdotal, that more accuracy could prevent unnecessary repositioning punctures and decrease radiation exposure. Electromagnetic tracking has theoretical potential to benefit minimally invasive interventions. PMID:23207535

  16. [Radiofrequency ablation therapy combined with hepatectomy for liver metastasis of colorectal cancer].

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    Otsuka, Shinya; Inagaki, Masaru; Kimura, Yuuji; Isoda, Kenta; Kitada, Kouji; Nishie, Manabu; Hamano, Ryousuke; Tokunaga, Naoyuki; Miyasou, Hideaki; Tsunemitsu, Yousuke; Iwakawa, Kazuhide; Iwagaki, Hiromi

    2012-11-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) therapy combined with hepatectomy was performed in 5 patients with synchronous liver metastases of colorectal cancer. RFA of liver metastases was performed using a Cool-tip electrode (Radionics; Burlington, MA, USA). The ablation time used in each session varied according to the tumor size and intraoperative impedance. In 2 patients, hepatectomy and resection of the colorectal primary lesion were performed synchronously. In patients with multiple liver metastases, relative curative resection was performed using the complementary RFA. In the other 3 patients, synchronous hepatectomy was considered difficult and systematic chemotherapy was performed after resection of the colorectal primary lesion. After systematic chemotherapy, the range of hepatectomy was restricted for liver injury, but relative curative resection was performed using RFA therapy. Computed tomography performed after hepatectomy showed that the region that underwent RFA appeared necrotic with a safety margin. The average observation period was 25 months (maximal survival period, 50 months) and 3 of the patients are alive.

  17. Teflon-buttressed sutures plus pericardium patch repair left ventricular rupture caused by radiofrequency catheter ablation

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    Cao, Hao; Zhang, Qi; He, Yanzhong; Feng, Xiaodong; Liu, Zhongmin

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Background: Cardiac rupture often occurs after myocardial infarction or chest trauma with a high mortality rate. However, left ventricular rupture caused by radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) is extremely rare. Methods: We describe a case of a 61-year-old male who survived from left ventricular rupture caused by a RFCA procedure for frequent ventricular premature contractions. Surgical exploration with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) was performed when the signs of cardiac tamponade developed 7 hours after the ablation surgery. Results: Teflon-buttressed sutures of the tear in the left ventricular posterolateral wall and pericardium patch applied to the contusion region on the wall repaired the rupture safely and effectively. Conclusion: Timely surgical intervention under CPB facilitated the survival of the patient. Teflon-buttressed sutures plus pericardium patch achieved the successful repair of the rupture. PMID:27661047

  18. Needle track seeding after radiofrequency ablation for hepatocellular carcinoma: prevalence, impact, and management challenge

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    Francica, Giampiero

    2017-01-01

    Neoplastic seeding may arise after radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). A low risk of seeding after RFA (0–1.1%) has been reported, which may rise up to 2.5% if ablation followed diagnostic biopsy. Needle track seeding presents with one or multiple rounded nodules along the needle track located within the peritoneum, along the abdominal muscles, which were penetrated by the needle, pleural surface, or in the subcutaneous and cutaneous tissues. The most widely used method for the assessment of seeding nodules is ultrasound (US), which usually displays hypoechoic nodules with intralesional vascularization. Fine needle aspiration biopsy of the nodule suspicious for malignant implant is mandatory to confirm the diagnosis and plan therapy. Wide surgical excision is the treatment of choice for neoplastic seeding. Thanks to early diagnosis and prompt treatment, development of needle track seeding is not likely to affect the long-term survival of patients. PMID:28176952

  19. Angled Cool-Tip Electrode for Radiofrequency Ablation of Small Superficial Subcapsular Tumors in the Liver: A Feasibility Study

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    Kim, Il Jung; Lee, Shin Jae; Shin, Min Woo; Shin, Won Sun; Chung, Yong Eun; Kim, Gyoung Min; Kim, Man Deuk; Won, Jong Yun; Lee, Do Yun; Choi, Jin Sub; Han, Kwang-Hyub

    2016-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the feasibility of angled cool-tip electrode for radiofrequency ablation of small superficial subcapsular liver tumors abutting abdominal wall, in order to traverse normal liver parenchyma, and thereby, obtain favorable configuration of ablation margin. Materials and Methods In this study, we retrospectively analyzed 15 small superficial subcapsular liver tumors abutting abdominal wall in 15 patients, treated with radiofrequency ablation from March 2013 to June 2015 using a cool-tip electrode manually modified to create 25–35° angle at the junction between exposed and insulated segments. The tumors were hepatocellular carcinoma (n = 13) and metastases (n = 2: cholangiocellular carcinoma and rectosigmoid cancer), with maximum diameter of 10–26 mm (mean, 15.68 ± 5.29 mm). Under ultrasonographic guidance, the electrode tip was advanced to the depth of the tumors' epicenter about 1 cm from the margin. The tip was re-directed to penetrate the tumor for radiofrequency ablation. Minimal ablation margin was measured at immediate post-treatment CT. Radiological images and medical records were evaluated for success rate, length of minimal ablation margin and complications. Results Technical success rate of obtaining complete necrosis of the tumors was 100%, with no procedure-related complication. Minimal ablation margin ranged from 3–12 mm (mean, 7.07 ± 2.23 mm). CT/MRI follow-up at 21–1022 days (mean, 519.47 ± 304.51 days) revealed no local recurrence, but distant recurrence in 9 patients. Conclusion Using an angled cool-tip electrode for radiofrequency ablation of small superficial subcapsular tumors abutting abdominal wall may be a feasible technique for obtaining adequate ablation margin and lower complication rate. PMID:27587963

  20. Angled Cool-Tip Electrode for Radiofrequency Ablation of Small Superficial Subcapsular Tumors in the Liver: A Feasibility Study.

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    Park, Sung Il; Kim, Il Jung; Lee, Shin Jae; Shin, Min Woo; Shin, Won Sun; Chung, Yong Eun; Kim, Gyoung Min; Kim, Man Deuk; Won, Jong Yun; Lee, Do Yun; Choi, Jin Sub; Han, Kwang-Hyub

    2016-01-01

    To evaluate the feasibility of angled cool-tip electrode for radiofrequency ablation of small superficial subcapsular liver tumors abutting abdominal wall, in order to traverse normal liver parenchyma, and thereby, obtain favorable configuration of ablation margin. In this study, we retrospectively analyzed 15 small superficial subcapsular liver tumors abutting abdominal wall in 15 patients, treated with radiofrequency ablation from March 2013 to June 2015 using a cool-tip electrode manually modified to create 25-35° angle at the junction between exposed and insulated segments. The tumors were hepatocellular carcinoma (n = 13) and metastases (n = 2: cholangiocellular carcinoma and rectosigmoid cancer), with maximum diameter of 10-26 mm (mean, 15.68 ± 5.29 mm). Under ultrasonographic guidance, the electrode tip was advanced to the depth of the tumors' epicenter about 1 cm from the margin. The tip was re-directed to penetrate the tumor for radiofrequency ablation. Minimal ablation margin was measured at immediate post-treatment CT. Radiological images and medical records were evaluated for success rate, length of minimal ablation margin and complications. Technical success rate of obtaining complete necrosis of the tumors was 100%, with no procedure-related complication. Minimal ablation margin ranged from 3-12 mm (mean, 7.07 ± 2.23 mm). CT/MRI follow-up at 21-1022 days (mean, 519.47 ± 304.51 days) revealed no local recurrence, but distant recurrence in 9 patients. Using an angled cool-tip electrode for radiofrequency ablation of small superficial subcapsular tumors abutting abdominal wall may be a feasible technique for obtaining adequate ablation margin and lower complication rate.

  1. Sustained Growth of the Ex Vivo Ablation Zones' Critical Short Axis Using Gas-cooled Radiofrequency Applicators

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    Rempp, Hansjoerg; Scharpf, Marcus; Voigtlaender, Matthias; Schraml, Christina; Schmidt, Diethard; Fend, Falko; Claussen, Claus D.; Enderle, Markus D.; Pereira, Philippe L.; Clasen, Stephan

    2011-02-15

    Purpose: To evaluate the ablation zones created with a gas-cooled bipolar radiofrequency applicator performed on ex vivo bovine liver tissue. Materials and Methods: A total of 320 ablations with an internally gas-cooled bipolar radiofrequency applicator were performed on fresh ex vivo bovine liver tissue, varying the ablation time (5, 10, 15, and 20 min), power (20, 30, 40, and 50 W), and gas pressure of the CO{sub 2} used for cooling (585, 600, 615, 630, 645 psi), leading to a total of 80 different parameter combinations. Size and shape of the white coagulation zone were assessed. Results: The largest complete ablation zone was achieved after 20 min of implementing 50 W and 645 psi, resulting in a short axis of mean 46 {+-} 1 mm and a long axis of 56 {+-} 2 mm (mean {+-} standard deviation). Short-axis diameters increased between 5 and 20 min of ablation time at 585 psi (increase of the short axis was 45% at 30 W, 29% at 40 W, and 39% at 50 W). This increase was larger at 645 psi (113% at 30 W, 67% at 40 W, and 70% at 50 W). Macroscopic assessment and NADH (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) staining revealed incompletely ablated tissue along the needle track in 18 parameter combinations including low-power settings (20 and 30 W) and different cooling levels and ablation times. Conclusion: Gas-cooled radiofrequency applicators increase the short-axis diameter of coagulation in an ex vivo setting if appropriate parameters are selected.

  2. Short- and long-term effects of transcatheter ablation of the coronary sinus by radiofrequency energy

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    Huang, S.K.; Graham, A.R.; Bharati, S.; Lee, M.A.; Gorman, G.; Lev, M.

    1988-08-01

    Catheter ablation of left-sided atrioventricular accessory pathways through the coronary sinus by direct-current shock may be complicated by rupture and thrombosis of the coronary sinus and injury to the coronary arteries. This study examined short and long-term effects of radiofrequency catheter ablation of the coronary sinus in 20 closed-chest dogs to determine whether this technique is feasible for potential interruption of left-sided accessory pathways. Single-pulsed radiofrequency energy (750 kHz, 85-293 J) was delivered to three sites in the distal and middle coronary sinus between the distal (1) or the proximal electrodes (2 or 3) of a standard 6 French quadripolar catheter and a chest-wall patch electrode. Single-pulsed radiofrequency energy (78-293 J) was also applied to two sites near the ostium of the coronary sinus with the proximal (4) or the distal (1) electrode of the same catheter. Coronary artery and levophase coronary sinus angiograms obtained before and immediately after ablation, as well as before killing, showed intact vascular structures in all dogs. Right atrial, pulmonary arterial, and aortic pressures measured in three dogs did not change significantly at the time of energy delivery. No significant changes were found in atrioventricular nodal refractoriness and conduction. None of the dogs had significant rhythm disturbances during and after ablation as evaluated by ambulatory electrocardiographic monitoring and periodic rhythm strips at follow-up. Ten dogs were killed 1-7 days after ablation, three dogs were killed at 4 weeks, three dogs at 6 weeks, two dogs at 8 weeks, and two dogs at 12 weeks. Discrete lesions ranging in size from 3 x 3 to 8 x 10 mm2 in surface area and 0.5-4.5 mm in depth were found in the coronary sinus with most of the lesions extending to the left atrial and left ventricular myocardium. There was neither rupture of the coronary sinus nor occlusion of the coronary arteries.

  3. Efficacy of a novel bipolar radiofrequency ablation device on the beating heart for atrial fibrillation ablation: A chronic porcine study

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    Voeller, Rochus K.; Zierer, Andreas; Lall, Shelly C.; Sakamoto, Shun-ichiro; Schuessler, Richard B.; Damiano, Ralph J.

    2015-01-01

    Background Over the recent years, a variety of energy sources have been used to replace the traditional incisions of the Cox-Maze procedure for the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation. This study evaluated the safety and efficacy of a new bipolar radiofrequency ablation device for atrial ablation in a chronic porcine model. Methods Six pigs underwent a Cox-Maze IV procedure on a beating heart off cardiopulmonary bypass using the Atricure Isolator II™ bipolar ablation device. In addition, 6 pigs underwent median sternotomy and pericardiotomy alone to serve as a control group. All animals were survived for 30 days. Each pig underwent induction of atrial fibrillation, and was then sacrificed to remove the heart en bloc for histological assessment. MRI scan were also obtained preoperatively and postoperatively to assess atrial and ventricular function, pulmonary vein anatomy, valve function, and coronary artery patency. Results All animals survived the operation. Electrical isolation of the left atrial appendage and the pulmonary veins was documented by pacing acutely and at 30 days in all animals. No animal that underwent the Cox-Maze IV procedure was able to be induced into atrial fibrillation at 30 days postoperatively, compared to all the sham animals. All 257 ablations examined were discrete, linear and transmural, with a mean lesion width of 2.2±1.1 mm and a mean lesion depth of 5.3±3.0 mm. Conclusions The Atricure Isolator II™ was able to create reliable chronic transmural lesions of the modified Cox-Maze procedure on a beating heart without cardiopulmonary bypass 100% of the time. There were no discernible effects on ventricular or valvular function. PMID:20122702

  4. Renal Tumors: Technical Success and Early Clinical Experience with Radiofrequency Ablation of 18 Tumors

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    Sabharwal, Rohan Vladica, Philip

    2006-04-15

    Purpose. To evaluate the feasibility, safety, and technical efficacy of image-guided radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for the treatment of small peripheral renal tumors and to report our early results with this treatment modality. Methods. Twenty-two RFA sessions for 18 tumors were performed in 11 patients with renal tumors. Indications included coexistent morbidity, high surgical or anesthetic risk, solitary kidney, and hereditary predisposition to renal cell carcinoma. Ten patients had CT-guided percutaneous RFA performed on an outpatient basis. One patient had open intraoperative ultrasound-guided RFA. Technical success was defined as elimination of areas that enhanced at imaging within the entire tumor. With the exception of one patient with renal insufficiency who required gadolinium-enhanced MRI, the remaining patients underwent contrast-enhanced CT for post-treatment follow-up assessment. Follow-up was performed after 2-4 weeks and then at 3, 6, 12 months, and every 12 months thereafter. Results. Fourteen (78%) of 18 tumors were successfully ablated with one session. Three of the remaining four tumors required two sessions for successful ablation. One tumor will require a third session for areas of persistent enhancement. Mean patient age was 72.82 {+-} 10.43 years. Mean tumor size was 1.95 {+-} 0.79 cm. Mean follow-up time was 10.91 months. All procedures were performed without any major complications. Conclusions. Our early experience with percutaneous image-guided radiofrequency ablation demonstrates it to be a feasible, safe, noninvasive, and effective treatment of small peripheral renal tumors.

  5. Results of a comparative study of low energy direct current with radiofrequency ablation in patients with the Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.

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    Lemery, R; Talajic, M; Roy, D; Lavoie, L; Coutu, B; Hii, J T; Radzik, D; Lavallee, E; Cartier, R

    1993-01-01

    OBJECTIVE--To compare two new power sources for catheter ablation in patients with the Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. DESIGN--120 consecutive patients with accessory pathways had catheter ablation. Low energy direct current (DC) was used in the first 60 patients and radio-frequency current in the next 60 patients. SETTING--Electrophysiological laboratory of a large heart institute. PATIENTS--72 men and 48 women (mean (SD) age 35 (14) years (range 9-75)). The accessory pathways were in the left free wall in 73 patients. They were posteroseptal in 35 patients, in the right free wall in five, and anteroseptal in seven. There was no significant difference in the clinical or electrophysiological variables between the two ablation groups. RESULTS--Catheter ablation with low energy direct current was successful in 55/60 patients (92%) and radiofrequency energy was successful in 52/60 patients (87%). Low energy direct current was also successful in four of the eight patients in whom radiofrequency ablation had failed. Radiofrequency ablation was successful in two of the five patients in whom low energy direct current ablation had failed. The mean (SD) procedure and fluoroscopy times for successful ablation were 3.2 (1.5) h and 61 (40) min respectively. These times were similar for both power sources. Accessory pathway conduction recurred in 17 patients (28%) who had low energy direct current and four patients (7%) who received radiofrequency energy (p < 0.004). All patients with recurrence of an accessory pathway had successful re-ablation. CONCLUSIONS--Both new power sources successfully ablated accessory pathways, (overall success rate 94% (113/120 patients)). Radiofrequency ablation, however, did not require general anaesthesia and was associated with a significantly lower rate of recurrence of accessory pathway conduction. Therefore radiofrequency should be used initially for ablation. Low energy direct current may be most useful as a back-up in patients in whom

  6. Efficacy of an Anatomical Approach in Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of Idiopathic Ventricular Arrhythmias Originating From the Left Ventricular Outflow Tract.

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    Yamada, Takumi; Yoshida, Naoki; Doppalapudi, Harish; Litovsky, Silvio H; McElderry, H Thomas; Kay, G Neal

    2017-05-01

    When anatomic obstacles preclude radiofrequency catheter ablation of idiopathic ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) originating from the left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT), an alternative approach from the anatomically opposite side (endocardial versus epicardial or above versus below the aortic valve) may be considered (anatomic ablation). The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy of an anatomic ablation in idiopathic LVOT VAs. We studied 229 consecutive patients with idiopathic LVOT VAs. Radiofrequency ablation from the first suitable site was successful in 190 patients, and in the remaining 39 patients, it was unsuccessful or had to be abandoned because of anatomic obstacles. In 22 of these 39 patients, an anatomic ablation was successful, and the VA origins were located in the intramural LVOT in 17 patients, basal left ventricular summit in 4, and LVOT septum near the His bundle in 1. The anatomic ablation was highly successful for idiopathic VAs originating from the intramural LVOT (>75%) and lateral LVOT, whereas it was unlikely to be successful for idiopathic VAs originating from the basal left ventricular summit (25%) and sepal LVOT. When a standard catheter ablation targeting the best electrophysiological measure of idiopathic LVOT VAs was unsuccessful or had to be abandoned because of anatomic obstacles, an anatomic ablation was moderately successful. These idiopathic LVOT VAs with a successful anatomic ablation commonly arose from the intramural LVOT among the left coronary cusp, aortomitral continuity, and epicardium, occasionally the basal left ventricular summit, and rarely the LVOT septum near the His bundle. © 2017 American Heart Association, Inc.

  7. Radiofrequency thermal ablation of osteoid osteomas of the proximal femur. Usefulness of ultrasound guidance in selected cases.

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    Ramos-Pascua, L R; Martínez-Valderrábano, V; Santos-Sánchez, J A; Tijerín Bueno, M; Sánchez-Herráez, S

    2015-01-01

    To review symptoms and imaging findings of proximal femoral osteoid osteomas (OO); to analyse the results of a thermal ablation technique for radiofrequency of the nidus in this location; and to describe usefulness of ultrasound guidance in selected cases. Descriptive and retrospective study consisting of 8 patients with OO in the proximal epiphysis of the femur, which were treated by thermal ablation of the nidus with radiofrequency waves from 1998 to 2004. The mean pain period until the performance of the thermal ablation was 11.5 months (range 5-18 months). There were no complications, and all patients stated that the pain was gone by the day following the procedure, with some discomfort during the first week, except for one where it lasted more than one month due to technique difficulties. At present, with a mean follow up of 6 years and 2 months (range 6-190 months), all patients remain asymptomatic and live a rigorous normal life. Thermal ablation with CT-guided radiofrequency waves is a safe, effective and efficient procedure. Normal appearance of a proximal femoral OO does not differ significantly from other location osteomas and its diagnosis is easier with previous knowledge. Thermal ablation of the nidus with radiofrequency waves, that may be performed using ultrasound guidance, appears to be the elective treatment of choice due to its efficiency and minimum morbidity. Copyright © 2014 SECOT. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  8. Toward guidance of epicardial cardiac radiofrequency ablation therapy using optical coherence tomography

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    Fleming, Christine P.; Quan, Kara J.; Rollins, Andrew M.

    2010-07-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is the standard of care to cure many cardiac arrhythmias. Epicardial ablation for the treatment of ventricular tachycardia has limited success rates due in part to the presence of epicardial fat, which prevents proper rf energy delivery, inadequate contact of ablation catheter with tissue, and increased likelihood of complications with energy delivery in close proximity to coronary vessels. A method to directly visualize the epicardial surface during RFA could potentially provide feedback to reduce complications and titrate rf energy dose by detecting critical structures, assessing probe contact, and confirming energy delivery by visualizing lesion formation. Currently, there is no technology available for direct visualization of the heart surface during epicardial RFA therapy. We demonstrate that optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging has the potential to fill this unmet need. Spectral domain OCT at 1310 nm is employed to image the epicardial surface of freshly excised swine hearts using a microscope integrated bench-top scanner and a forward imaging catheter probe. OCT image features are observed that clearly distinguish untreated myocardium, ablation lesions, epicardial fat, and coronary vessels, and assess tissue contact with catheter-based imaging. These results support the potential for real-time guidance of epicardial RFA therapy using OCT imaging.

  9. Delayed efficacy of radiofrequency catheter ablation on ventricular arrhythmias originating from the left ventricular anterobasal wall.

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    Ding, Ligang; Hou, Bingbo; Wu, Lingmin; Qiao, Yu; Sun, Wei; Guo, Jinrui; Zheng, Lihui; Chen, Gang; Zhang, Linfeng; Zhang, Shu; Yao, Yan

    2017-03-01

    Ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) originating from the left ventricular anterobasal wall (LV-ABW) may represent a therapeutic challenge. The purpose of this study was to investigate the delayed efficacy of radiofrequency catheter (RFCA) ablation without an epicardial approach on VAs originating from the LV-ABW. Eighty patients (mean age 46.9 ± 14.9 years; 47 male) with VAs originating from the LV-ABW were enrolled. After systematic mapping of the right ventricular outflow tract, aortic root, adjacent LV endocardium, and coronary venous system, 3-4 ablation attempts were made at the earliest activation sites and/or best pace-mapping sites. Delayed efficacy was evaluated in patients with acute failure. During mean follow-up of 23.8 ± 21.9 months (range 3-72 months), complete elimination of all VAs was achieved in 47 patients (59%) and partial success in 19 (24%), for an overall success rate of 83%. In 25 of 37 patients (68%) with acute failure, VAs were eliminated or significantly reduced (>80% VA burden) by the delayed effect of RFCA during follow-up. Logistic regression analysis revealed that response time to ablation was a predictor of occurrence of delayed efficacy. No complications occurred during follow-up. Instead of extensive ablation, waiting for delayed efficacy of RFCA may be a reasonable choice for patients with VAs arising from the LV-ABW. Copyright © 2016 Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Contribution of direct heating, thermal conduction and perfusion during radiofrequency and microwave ablation.

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    Schramm, W; Yang, D; Haemmerich, D

    2006-01-01

    Heat based tumor ablation methods such as radiofrequency (RF) and microwave (MW) ablation are increasingly accepted treatment methods for tumors not treatable by traditional surgery. Typically, an interstitial applicator is introduced under imaging guidance into the tumor, and tissue is destroyed by heating to above approximately 50 degrees C, with maximum tissue temperatures over 100 degrees C. Since high thermal gradients occur during the procedure, thermal conduction contributes significantly towards tissue heating. We created finite element method (FEM) computer models of RF and MW applicators, and determined the thermal conduction term, the resistive (for RF) or dielectric (for MW) loss term, and perfusion term. We integrated these terms over the heating period to obtain relative contribution towards tissue temperature rise (in degrees C) as a function of distance from the applicator. We performed simulations without and with perfusion, where perfusion was assumed to stop above 50 degrees C. During the first 6 minutes, direct heating by RF and MW were dominating throughout the tissue. Over the treatment period (12 min for RF, and 6 min for MW), thermal conduction was dominating at distances between than 12 and 19 mm from the RF electrode, while for MW ablation direct heating dominated everywhere. Even though thermal conduction significantly contributes towards tissue heating during ablative therapies, direct heating by RF or MW is dominating throughout most of the tissue volume. Tissue cooling due to perfusion is more significant during RF heating, in part due to the longer treatment times.

  11. Ultrasonography-guided percutaneous radiofrequency ablation for cervical lymph node metastasis from thyroid carcinoma.

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    Wang, Liping; Ge, Minghua; Xu, Dong; Chen, Liyu; Qian, Chaowen; Shi, Kaiyuan; Liu, Junping; Chen, Yong

    2014-11-01

    The aim was to explore the efficacy and safety of ultrasonography-guided percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for cervical lymph node metastases from thyroid carcinoma. Eight patients with previous total thyroidectomy and radioiodine therapy were enrolled in this study. A total of 20 cervical lymph node metastases were confirmed by percutaneous biopsy. Participants underwent ultrasonography-guided RFA treatment for all confirmed metastatic lymph nodes. Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) and sonoelastography were performed to rapidly evaluate treatment responses before and shortly after RFA. Routine follow-up consisted of conventional US, CEUS, sonoelastography, thyroglobulin level, and necessary fine needle aspiration cytology. All eight patients were successfully treated without obvious complications. Post-RFA CEUS showed that total metastatic lymph nodes were ablated. The sonoelastographic score of ablated area elevated significantly shortly after RFA (P < 0.001). With a mean follow-up of 9.4 ± 5.1 months, there were no evidences of recurrence at ablated sites; however, two new cervical recurrent lymph nodes occurred in one case, which was successfully ablated as well. The mass volume shrinkages of the ablated nodes were observed in all cases. We found that 5 treated lymph nodes disappeared, 4 were reduced more than 80%, 9 were reduced between 50% and 80%, and 2 were reduced less than 50%. At the last follow-up evaluation, the serum thyroglobulin levels had decreased in 6 of 8 patients. Ultrasonography-guided percutaneous RFA for cervical lymph node metastasis of thyroid malignancy is a feasible, effective, and safe therapy. This procedure shows a nonsurgical therapeutic option for metastatic lymph nodes in patients with difficult reoperations or inoperations, it may reduce or delay a large number of highly invasive repeated neck dissections.

  12. Radiofrequency ablation of benign thyroid nodules: evaluation of the treatment efficacy using ultrasonography

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    2016-01-01

    Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of radiofrequency (RF) ablation for benign thyroid nodules and assess the usefulness of internal factors (ultrasonographic findings) and external factors (treatment-related findings) in prediction of treatment efficacy. Methods: We evaluated 22 benign thyroid nodules from 19 patients treated with RF ablation between March 2010 and January 2013. The internal and external factors of these nodules were retrospectively reviewed and correlated with the therapeutic success and the volume reduction ratio (VRR). The volume and size of the nodules were determined before treatment, and the VRR was calculated at 6-month and 1-year follow-up examinations after RF ablation. Therapeutic success was defined as a >50% volume reduction. Results: The mean VRRs were 66.1±18.7% at 6 months and 74.3±16.7% at 1 year. The therapeutic success rate after 6 months and 1 year was 81.8% and 90.9%, respectively. At the 1-year follow-up, the margin of the nodule correlated with therapeutic success. Most of the successfully ablated nodules showed well-defined margins on initial ultrasonography (18/20, 90%) (P=0.026). In addition, nodules with ill-defined margins showed a tendency toward having a low VRR at the 6-month and 1-year follow-up examinations. Conclusion: RF ablation was effective in decreasing the volume of benign thyroid nodules. Thyroid nodules with well-defined margins tended to show successful outcomes at the 1-year follow-up examination after RF ablation. PMID:27101983

  13. Imaging Features of Radiofrequency Ablation with Heat-Deployed Liposomal Doxorubicin in Hepatic Tumors

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    Hong, Cheng William Chow, Lucy; Turkbey, Evrim B.; Lencioni, Riccardo; Libutti, Steven K.; Wood, Bradford J.

    2016-03-15

    IntroductionThe imaging features of unresectable hepatic malignancies in patients who underwent radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in combination with lyso-thermosensitive liposomal doxorubicin (LTLD) were determined.Materials and MethodsA phase I dose escalation study combining RFA with LTLD was performed with peri- and post- procedural CT and MRI. Imaging features were analyzed and measured in terms of ablative zone size and surrounding penumbra size. The dynamic imaging appearance was described qualitatively immediately following the procedure and at 1-month follow-up. The control group receiving liver RFA without LTLD was compared to the study group in terms of imaging features and post-ablative zone size dynamics at follow-up.ResultsPost-treatment scans of hepatic lesions treated with RFA and LTLD have distinctive imaging characteristics when compared to those treated with RFA alone. The addition of LTLD resulted in a regular or smooth enhancing rim on T1W MRI which often correlated with increased attenuation on CT. The LTLD-treated ablation zones were stable or enlarged at follow-up four weeks later in 69 % of study subjects as opposed to conventional RFA where the ablation zone underwent involution compared to imaging acquired immediately after the procedure.ConclusionThe imaging features following RFA with LTLD were different from those after standard RFA and can mimic residual or recurrent tumor. Knowledge of the subtle findings between the two groups can help avoid misinterpretation and proper identification of treatment failure in this setting. Increased size of the LTLD-treated ablation zone after RFA suggests the ongoing drug-induced biological effects.

  14. Intracardiac rhabdomyomas producing symptoms in infancy: the role of radiofrequency catheter ablation

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    Emmel, M.; Brockmeier, K.; Sreeram, N.

    2006-01-01

    Background Cardiac rhabdomyomas, although benign, may produce symptoms related to arrhythmia or mechanical obstruction. Surgical excision is the therapy of choice for symptomatic rhabdomyomas in infancy. Patients and Methods Two infants with intracardiac rhabdomyomas producing symptoms underwent radiofrequency catheter ablation of the tumour. In patient 1 the diagnosis of multiple rhabdomyomas associated with recurrent supraventricular tachyarrhythmias and foetal hydrops was made in utero. After birth, several antiarrhythmic agents were administered, without successful suppression of the tachyarrhythmia. At seven months of age, the infant had one large residual tumour on the left atrial aspect of the anterior mitral valve leaflet with associated pre-excitation and re-entrant supraventricular tachyarrhythmia suggestive of a left-sided pathway. Catheter ablation of the accessory pathway was performed via a retrograde femoral arterial approach, targeting the earliest site of ventricular activation. Patient 2 presented as a neonate with multiple rhabdomyomas, one of which, measuring 15 mm × 15 mm, was producing severe mitral valve inflow obstruction resulting in symptoms of heart failure due to a large left-to-right shunt at atrial level and persistent pulmonary hypertension. Via the femoral vein, a 5F ablation catheter was advanced across the atrial septum, and the tumour directly ablated. Results Echocardiography performed 24 hours later demonstrated alteration in tumour morphology, with the development of a large central echolucent area, followed by progressive tumour shrinkage in both infants. Patient 1 was discharged at 24 hours, and patient 2 at seven days post-ablation, without symptoms. Follow-up at four weeks confirmed further tumour shrinkage. Conclusion Transcatheter tumour ablation may be beneficial in selected infants and children. ImagesFigure 2AFigure 2BFigure 2CFigure 3AFigure 3BFigure 3C PMID:25696636

  15. Radiofrequency Ablation of Lung Tumors: Imaging Features of the Postablation Zone

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    Eradat, Jilbert; Gutierrez, Antonio J.; Lee, Christopher; Fishbein, Michael C.; Suh, Robert D.

    2012-01-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is used to treat pulmonary malignancies. Although preliminary results are suggestive of a survival benefit, local progression rates are appreciable. Because a patient can undergo repeat treatment if recurrence is detected early, reliable post-RFA imaging follow-up is critical. The purpose of this article is to describe (a) an algorithm for post-RFA imaging surveillance; (b) the computed tomographic (CT) appearance, size, enhancement, and positron emission tomographic (PET) metabolic activity of the ablation zone; and (c) CT, PET, and dual-modality imaging with PET and CT (PET/CT) features suggestive of partial ablation or tumor recurrence and progression. CT is routinely used for post-RFA follow-up. PET and PET/CT have emerged as auxiliary follow-up techniques. CT with nodule densitometry may be used to supplement standard CT. Post-RFA follow-up was divided into three phases: early (immediately after to 1 week after RFA), intermediate (>1 week to 2 months), and late (>2 months). CT and PET imaging features suggestive of residual or recurrent disease include (a) increasing contrast material uptake in the ablation zone (>180 seconds on dynamic images), nodular enhancement measuring more than 10 mm, any central enhancement greater than 15 HU, and enhancement greater than baseline anytime after ablation; (b) growth of the RFA zone after 3 months (compared with baseline) and definitely after 6 months, peripheral nodular growth and change from ground-glass opacity to solid opacity, regional or distant lymph node enlargement, and new intrathoracic or extrathoracic disease; and (c) increased metabolic activity beyond 2 months, residual activity centrally or at the ablated tumor, and development of nodular activity. © RSNA, 2012 PMID:22786987

  16. Percutaneous Radiofrequency Ablation with Multiple Electrodes for Medium-Sized Hepatocellular Carcinomas

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    Lee, Jung; Yoon, Jung-Hwan; Lee, Jae Young; Kim, Se Hyung; Lee, Jeong Eun; Han, Joon Koo; Choi, Byung Ihn

    2012-01-01

    Objective To prospectively evaluate the safety and short-term therapeutic efficacy of switching monopolar radiofrequency ablation (RFA) with multiple electrodes to treat medium-sized (3.1-5.0 cm), hepatocellular carcinomas (HCC). Materials and Methods In this prospective study, 30 patients with single medium-sized HCCs (mean, 3.5 cm; range, 3.1-4.4 cm) were enrolled. The patients were treated under ultrasonographic guidance by percutaneous switching monopolar RFA with a multichannel RF generator and two or three internally cooled electrodes. Contrast-enhanced CT scans were obtained immediately after RFA, and the diameters and volume of the ablation zones were then measured. Follow-up CT scans were performed at the first month after ablation and every three months thereafter. Technical effectiveness, local progression and remote recurrence of HCCs were determined. Results There were no major immediate or periprocedural complications. However, there was one bile duct stricture during the follow-up period. Technical effectiveness was achieved in 29 of 30 patients (97%). The total ablation time of the procedures was 25.4 ± 8.9 minutes. The mean ablation volume was 73.8 ± 56.4 cm3 and the minimum diameter was 4.1 ± 7.3 cm. During the follow-up period (mean, 12.5 months), local tumor progression occurred in three of 29 patients (10%) with technical effectiveness, while new HCCs were detected in six of 29 patients (21%). Conclusion Switching monopolar RFA with multiple electrodes in order to achieve a sufficient ablation volume is safe and efficient. This method also showed relatively successful therapeutic effectiveness on short-term follow up for the treatment of medium-sized HCCs. PMID:22247634

  17. Pain perception during esophageal warming due to radiofrequency catheter ablation in the left atrium.

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    Galeazzi, Marco; Ficili, Sabina; Dottori, Serena; Elian, Mohamed Abdelkader; Pasceri, Vincenzo; Venditti, Franco; Russo, Maurizio; Lavalle, Carlo; Pandozi, Angela; Pandozi, Claudio; Santini, Massimo

    2010-03-01

    We investigated the relationship among esophageal warming, pain perception, and the site of radiofrequency (RF) delivery in the left atrium (LA) during the course of catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation. Such a procedure in awake patients is often linked to the development of visceral pain and esophageal warming. As a consequence, potentially dangerous complications have been described. Twenty patients undergoing RF ablation in the LA were studied. An esophageal probe (EP) capable of measuring endoesophageal temperature (ET) was positioned before starting the procedure. The relative position of the EP and the tip of the ablator were evaluated through fluoroscopy imaging before starting each RF delivery, during which the highest value of the temperature was collected. After RF withdrawal, the patients were asked to define the intensity of the experienced pain by using a score index ranging from 0 (no pain) to 4 (pain requiring immediate RF interruption). The mean ET value during ablation was 39.59 +/- 4.71 degrees C. The EP proximity to the ablator's tip showed a high correlation with the development of the highest ET values (Spearman's rank correlation coefficient r = 0.49, confidence interval (CI) 0.55-0.41). Moreover, the highest values of pain intensity were reported when the RF was delivered to the atrial zones close to the EP projection (r = 0.50, CI 0.55-0.42) and when the highest ET levels were reached (r = 0.38, CI 0.30-0.45). Pain perception in LA ablation is significantly related to esophageal warming and is higher when the RF is delivered near the esophagus. It seems advisable to perform ET monitoring in sedated patients to avoid short- and long-term jeopardizing of the esophageal wall.

  18. Comparative Effectiveness Review of Cooled Versus Pulsed Radiofrequency Ablation for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review.

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    Gupta, Anita; Huettner, Daniel P; Dukewich, Matthew

    2017-03-01

    Patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee and patients post total knee arthroplasty often develop refractory, disabling chronic knee pain. Radiofrequency ablation, including conventional, pulsed, and cooled, has recently become more accepted as an interventional technique to manage chronic knee pain in patients who have failed conservative treatment or who are not suitable candidates for surgical treatment. This systematic review aimed to analyze published studies on radiofrequency ablation to provide an overview of the current knowledge regarding variations in procedures, nerve targets, adverse events, and temporal extent of clinical benefit. A systematic review of published studies investigating conventional, pulsed, or cooled radiofrequency ablation in the setting of chronic knee pain. Medline, Google Scholar, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) databases were reviewed for studies on radiofrequency ablation for patients with chronic knee pain through July 29, 2016. From the studies, the procedural details, outcomes after treatment, follow-up points, and complications were compiled and analyzed in this literature review. Included studies were analyzed for clinical relevance and strength of evidence was graded using either the NHLBI Quality assessment of controlled intervention studies or the NHLBI quality assessment for before-after (pre-post) studies with no control group. Seventeen total publications were identified in the search, including articles investigating conventional, pulsed, or cooled radiofrequency ablation. These studies primarily targeted either the genicular nerves or used an intraarticular approach. Of the studies, 5 were small-sized randomized controlled trials, although one involved diathermy radiofrequency ablation. There were 8 retrospective or prospective case series and 4 case reports. Utilizing the strength of evidence grading, there is a low level of certainty to suggest a superior benefit between

  19. Ultrasound-Guided Genicular Nerve Thermal Radiofrequency Ablation for Chronic Knee Pain

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    Wong, Joshua; Weyker, Paul D.

    2016-01-01

    Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee is one of the most common joint diseases affecting adults in the United States. For elderly patients with multiple medical comorbidities who do not wish to undergo total knee arthroplasty (TKA), lifestyle modification, pharmacologic management, and injections are the mainstay of therapy. Previously, pain management interventions were limited to intra-articular joint injections and viscosupplementation with hyaluronic acid. Fluoroscopic-guided techniques for radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the genicular nerves have been previously described and a recent cadaveric study suggests that ultrasound-guided genicular nerve blocks can be performed accurately. We performed an ultrasound-guided radiofrequency ablation of the genicular nerves in 88-year-old woman who had deferred surgical management given her age. Following successful ultrasound guided diagnostic genicular nerve blocks, she proceeded to RFA using the same ultrasound guided technique. The procedure resulted in significant pain relief and improvement in overall function for greater than 6 months. The use of ultrasound provides a relatively rapid and noninvasive method to directly visualize genicular nerves and surrounding vasculature. Our case suggests that, for genicular nerve blockade and RFA, ultrasound may be a useful alternative to fluoroscopy. Not only did the procedure result in significant pain relief that has persisted for greater than 6 months but also more importantly her function status and quality of life were improved. PMID:27822391

  20. Ultrasound-Guided Genicular Nerve Thermal Radiofrequency Ablation for Chronic Knee Pain.