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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 11-14
Cryoablation of lung malignancies recurring close to surgical clips following surgery: Report of three cases

Department of Radiology, Universitą Campus Bio medico, Rome, Italy

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Dr. Roberto L Cazzato
Via Alvaro del portillo 200, 00128 Trigoria, Roma
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0971-3026.150130

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Background: Minimally ablative therapies are now available for the treatment of lung malignancies. However, selection of the appropriate technique is not always easy and requires accurate preoperative planning. Aims: To describe the treatment of lung tumors with cryoablation. Settings and Design: We report three cases of lung malignancies that recurred close to surgical clips after surgical treatment, successfully treated by cryoablation. Materials and Methods: An initial freezing cycle was performed for 10 min, followed by a 5-min thawing cycle, and an additional 10-min freezing cycle. A final 5-min thaw was necessary to remove the needle from the iceball formed during the freezing cycle. Results: The procedures were completed successfully with no signs of surgical-clip misplacement, and excellent ablation of the lesions. Conclusion: Cryoablation is a relatively new procedure that potentially permits the local treatment of lung tumors with minimal loss of lung parenchyma.

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