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Anticancer Res. 2007 Nov-Dec;27(6C):4259-62.

Percutaneous combined therapy for painful sternal metastases: a radiofrequency thermal ablation (RFTA) and cementoplasty protocol.

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University Hospital, Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Molecular Imaging, Interventional Radiology and Radiation Therapy, Viale Oxford 81, 00133 Rome, Italy. salva.masala@tiscali.it

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Radiofrequency thermal ablation (RFTA) has recently been introduced for the treatment of painful bone metastases. We report the outcome of one combined protocol session of percutaneous RFTA and cementoplasty on a painful sternal breast cancer metastasis of a 66-year-old patient.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

A sternal lesion was identified at a repeated CT scan during the oncological follow-up. Due to severe chest pain, the patient was treated percutaneously to obtain pain relief and bone stabilization. Percutaneous RFTA was performed using a 15-gauge needle electrode (MIRAS TX-120) coaxially introduced through a 13-gauge bone biopsy needle. The lesion was heated up to 80 degrees C for 3 minutes. A percutaneous injection of 1 cc polymethylmethacrylate in the central part of the lesion was performed immediately after the RFTA procedure.

RESULTS:

Immediate symptomatic improvement was documented.

CONCLUSION:

Combined percutaneous therapy showed feasibility and effectiveness and can be considered as an alternative for the treatment of painful bone metastases.

PMID:
18214029
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