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Authors Ziemlewicz TJ, Wells SA, Lubner MA, Musat AI, Hinshaw JL, Cohn AR, Lee FT
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Journal Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol Volume: 37 Issue: 5 Pages: 1299-305
Publish Date 2014 Oct
PubMed ID 25023180

This study was designed to explore the safety and efficacy of percutaneous microwave (MW) ablation as an alternative treatment for symptomatic giant hepatic hemangiomas.Patients (n = 7; 6 females, 1 male; mean age = 44 years) with symptomatic, giant hemangiomas (n = 8) were treated with ultrasound-guided percutaneous MW ablation and followed for a mean of 18 months. Patient pain was recorded both before and after the procedure according to the 10-point visual analog scale. All patients were treated using one or three gas-cooled 17-gauge antennas powered by a 2.4-GHz generator (Neuwave Medical, Madison, WI). Mean ablation time was 11.6 min. Four patients received hydrodissection to protect the abdominal wall, colon, or gallbladder (5 % dextrose in water, mean volume 900 mL). Immediate postablation biphasic CT of the abdomen was performed, and four of seven patients have undergone delayed follow-up imaging.All ablations were technically successful with no major or minor complications. Average pain score decreased from 4.6 to 0.9 (p < 0.05), and six of seven patients report resolution or improvement of symptoms at 18-month average follow-up (range 1-33 months). Immediately postablation, mean tumor diameter decreased 25 % (from 7.3 to 5.5 cm, p < 0.05) and volume decreased 62 % (from 301 to 113 cm(3), p < 0.05).In this series, percutaneous MW ablation was safe, well-tolerated, and effective in markedly shrinking large hepatic hemangiomas and improving symptoms in most patients. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System