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Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2008 May-Jun;31(3):669-72. doi: 10.1007/s00270-007-9223-2. Epub 2007 Nov 14.

Percutaneous cryoablation and vertebroplasty: a case report.

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Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Molecular Imaging, Interventional Radiology and Radiotherapy, "Tor Vergata" University General Hospital, V.le Oxford 81, 00133 Rome, Italy.


A 70-year-old man with a painful vertebral metastasis was treated with combined percutaneous cryoablation and vertebroplasty therapy (CVT) in one session. The patient was suffering from diffuse visceral metastasized cholangiocarcinoma. After several weeks of back pain, magnetic resonance imaging documented a single L2 bone metastasis. In consultation with the oncologists, palliative combined CVT was administered with the aim of obtaining pain relief and bone stabilization. In our experience this combined treatment is safe and effective for immediate pain relief in painful bone metastases when other standard palliative treatments have failed.

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