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Eur J Surg Oncol. 2004 Feb;30(1):85-7.

Necrotizing pancreatitis after radiofrequency destruction of pancreatic tumours.

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Department of Surgical Oncology, Gustave Roussy Institute, 39 Rue Camille Desmoulins, 94805 Villejuif, Cedex, France. elias@igr.fr

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Intraoperative radiofrequency (RF) can be used to treat multiple small pancreatic tumours.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

Two patients with multiple pancreatic metastases from renal cancer were treated with RF destruction of the pancreatic tumours. The first was treated with a monopolar device and the second with a bipolar device. A high temperature (>90 degrees C) was used, and one patient underwent cooling of the intrapancreatic common bile duct.

RESULTS:

The destruction of tumours was effective. However, the two patients presented post-operatively a severe necrotizing pancreatitis, with life-threatening hemorrhagic complications.

CONCLUSION:

RF destruction of pancreatic tumours is dangerous with current devices.

PMID:
14736529
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