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Surg Oncol. 2008 Dec;17(4):295-9. doi: 10.1016/j.suronc.2008.03.002. Epub 2008 May 8.

Influence of approach on outcome in radiofrequency ablation of liver tumors.

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Unidad de Cirugía Hepática y Biliopancreática, Servicio de Cirugía General, Hospital del Mar, Passeig Maritim 25-29, Barcelona, Spain.


In this article some recent data concerning the approach on radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of liver tumors are reviewed. Specifically, several critical statements between surgical and percutaneous approach are raised and discussed: (1) Open approach may lead to a higher complication rate; (2) Temporary occlusion of hepatic inflow during surgical approach may lead to a higher rate of ablation of the liver tumors; (3) Surgical approach may permit better targeting of the tumor to be ablated. (4) Surgical approach may discover additional liver tumors. Finally, several conclusions and recommendations are also addressed.

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