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Curr Opin Urol. 2009 Mar;19(2):138-42. doi: 10.1097/MOU.0b013e328323f618.

Cryoablation for renal tumors: current status.

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  • 1Center for Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery, Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

To review the evolution and current status of cryoablation for renal tumors.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Cryoablation is the most evaluated probe ablative method for the treatment of small renal masses. It is associated with high efficacy and low morbidity. New data on intermediate and long-term oncological outcomes are now available. Five and 10-year cancer-specific survival are 93 and 81%, respectively. Renal cryoablation is most commonly performed percutaneously or laparoscopically. Recently, single-port laparoscopic and natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery approaches have also been employed for renal cryotherapy.

SUMMARY:

With careful patient selection, the intermediate-term and long-term oncologic outcomes after cryoablation for kidney tumors are satisfactory. Combination with new technologies and further development of imaging techniques can potentially expand the range of indications of the procedure.

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19188767
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