Laparoscopic radiofrequency of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in liver cirrhosis

M. Montorsi, R. Santambrogio, P. Bianchi, E. Opocher, B. Tagliaferri, M. Zuin, E. Bertolini, M. Podda

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Abstract

Background/Aims: In this report, the feasibility and efficacy of laparoscopic radiofrequency interstitial thermal ablation of hepatocellular carcinoma has been evaluated in 20 patients. Methodology: The laparoscopic approach with the use of intraoperative ultrasonography allowed us to obtain additional information regarding liver nodules and a complete treatment of the liver lesions. Results: The complication rate was low and there was no operative mortality. A complete necrosis has been obtained in 90% of the cases at 1 month dynamic computed tomography following the treatment. Conclusions: Laparoscopic radiofrequency thermal ablation of hepatocellular carcinoma proved to be a safe and effective technique; its use may be proposed in selected patients. Larger series are needed to accurately assess its role among the other ablative therapies of hepatocellular carcinoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-45
Number of pages5
JournalHepato-Gastroenterology
Volume48
Issue number37
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Keywords

  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Laparoscopy
  • Radiofrequency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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    Montorsi, M., Santambrogio, R., Bianchi, P., Opocher, E., Tagliaferri, B., Zuin, M., Bertolini, E., & Podda, M. (2001). Laparoscopic radiofrequency of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in liver cirrhosis. Hepato-Gastroenterology, 48(37), 41-45.