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PURPOSE To evaluate the safety, local effectiveness, and long-term results of laser thermal ablation (LTA) in the treatment of small hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). MATERIALS AND METHODS Ninety-two biopsies proved small HCCs (range, 0.8-4.0 cm) in 74 patients who were treated percutaneously with LTA in an outpatient clinic. A laser at a power of 5.0 W was(More)
PURPOSE To determine the potential long-term effectiveness of laser thermal ablation (LTA) followed by transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) in the percutaneous ablation of large hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). MATERIALS AND METHODS Thirty large HCCs 3.5-9.6 cm in diameter (mean diameter, 5.2 cm) and 15 small HCCs 0.8-3.0 cm (mean diameter, 1.9(More)
The aim of this work was to study the vascularization of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) by means of dynamic CT and to demonstrate the existence of optimal temporal windows for visualization of HCC in order to develop new protocols for helical CT of the liver. We studied, by means of dynamic CT, 42 histologically proved HCCs in 30 patients after injecting(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate in vivo the safety and effectiveness of percutaneous laser thermal ablation (LTA) in the debulking of thyroid lesions. MATERIALS AND METHODS Twenty-five adult patients at poor surgical risk with cold nodules (n = 8), autonomously hyperfunctioning thyroid nodules (n = 16), or anaplastic carcinoma (n = 1) underwent LTA. One to four(More)
Twenty autonomously functioning thyroid nodules were treated with ultrasound-guided percutaneous ethanol injection (PEI) and followed for 12 months. PEI was performed on symptomatic and biochemically proven thyrotoxic patients by injecting 2.0-4.0 mL sterile ethanol and was repeated 3-8 times, depending on nodule size. Serum thyroglobulin increased(More)
Ultrasound-guided ethanol injection (PEI) is an effective treatment of autonomously functioning thyroid nodules (AFTN) but little is known about the tissue lesions induced by alcohol. We report morphological changes of an AFTN which was removed after successful PEI treatment. At histological evaluation, the adenoma showed multiple areas of coagulative(More)
GOAL To establish the role of percutaneous ethanol injection (PEI) treatment in benign thyroid lesions by evaluating: (1) the long-term efficacy and side effects of the treatment, (2) the factors predictive of efficacy of PEI, and (3) the cost effectiveness of the procedure. MATERIALS AND METHODS Fifty-eight recurrent cystic nodules, 95 autonomously(More)
An ultrasound-guided double pass biopsy technique using a large bore cutting needle via an anterior subcostal route (USAB) is described. The diagnostic adequacy of this biopsy procedure was evaluated in comparison with the traditional Menghini technique in 200 cases of suspected chronic liver disease randomly assigned to the two different procedures.(More)
PURPOSE To identify the factors that affect the achievement of tumor necrosis with percutaneous laser ablation (PLA) in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and tumor size no larger than 4.0 cm. MATERIALS AND METHODS Ultrasound-guided biopsy results were retrospectively studied in 99 lesions (range, 0.5-4.0 cm; mean, 2.7 cm) from 82 patients (44(More)
BACKGROUND Incidental papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (PTMC), a frequent clinical problem, is usually associated with a favorable outcome. During long-term follow-up, only a minority of cases show aggressive behavior with either lymph node or distant metastases. Recently, we had an opportunity to evaluate the efficacy of nonsurgical, ultrasound (US)-guided(More)