Termocoagulazione percutanea degli osteomi osteoidi mediante radiofrequenza: Tecnica e risultati preliminari

Translated title of the contribution: Percutaneous radio-frequency ablation of osteoid osteoma: Technique and preliminary results

Mauro Battista Gallazzi, Giancarlo Arborio, Piero Giovanni Garbagna, Giuseppe Perrucchini, Primo Andrea Daolio

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Purpose. To report our personal experience with the percutaneous technique for in situ destruction of osteoid osteoma using radio-frequency ablation. Material and methods. From January 2000 to January 2001 we performed 16 radio-frequency ablations in 15 patients. All candidates for treatment had previously undergone clinical and radiologic examinations to confirm features typical of osteoid osteoma. After administration of spinal anesthetic, procedures were performed with CT-guidance, using a Kirschner wire introduced into the localized lesion, and a guiding cannula. A hole was first cut into the bone with a cutter, then a few biopsy specimens were obtained with a Jamshidi needle. Finally, we introduced a small radio-frequency electrode into the bone, through the biopsy track. Sufficient current was used to heat the electrode tip to 85-90°C with consequent thermal necrosis of the tissue. The healing was continued for 6 minutes. Results. All patients well tolerated the percutaneous procedure and only 1 underwent a second, successful radio-frequency ablation. In all cases, pain relief was noted to occur very rapidly and all patients could bear full weight on the treated extremity within 24 hours after the procedure. No late complications attributable to the ablation were noted, except for a small eschar next to the puncture site. Discussion and conclusion. The results of the present study suggest that percutaneous ablation is preferred to operative excision because it generally requires shorter hospital stay and is not associated with complications. Furthermore, in our experience, pain relief was noted to occur very rapidly in 100% of cases. In agreement with the literature data, our results show that CT-guided percutaneous radio-frequency ablation can actually replace operative excision in the treatment of osteoid osteoma as it achieves the same clinical outcomes with significantly lower costs.

Translated title of the contributionPercutaneous radio-frequency ablation of osteoid osteoma: Technique and preliminary results
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)329-334
Number of pages6
JournalRadiologia Medica
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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