Radiofrequency ablation for hepatocellular carcinoma abutting the diaphragm: comparison of effects of thermal protection and therapeutic efficacy.

@article{Kang2011RadiofrequencyAF,
  title={Radiofrequency ablation for hepatocellular carcinoma abutting the diaphragm: comparison of effects of thermal protection and therapeutic efficacy.},
  author={Tae Wook Kang and Hyunchul Rhim and Min Woo Lee and Young-sun Kim and Dongil Choi and Won J. Lee and Hyo Keun Lim},
  journal={AJR. American journal of roentgenology},
  year={2011},
  volume={196 4},
  pages={907-13}
}
OBJECTIVE This study was designed to assess the effect of artificial ascites on thermal protection of the diaphragm and the therapeutic efficacy of this technique during percutaneous radiofrequency ablation for hepatocellular carcinoma abutting the diaphragm. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 44 patients with a single nodular hepatocellular carcinoma (< 4 cm; mean, 2.2 cm) that abutted the diaphragm were treated with ultrasound-guided percutaneous radiofrequency ablation as first-line… CONTINUE READING

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