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G C Feigl, C Mattersberger, W Rosmarin, R Likar, C Avila González
BACKGROUND: The success of radiofrequency ablation (RF) of the medial branch of the dorsal ramus in patients with facet joint pain depends on the effective coagulation distance. To date, computed tomography(CT)-guided techniques do not reach the nerve in parallel but rather than punctually. We report a new CT-guided technique to enhance parallelism and proximity of the RF needle to the nerve. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two examiners with different experience with CT-guided procedures in corpses performed all punctures at the lumbar spine on 10 corpses...
March 21, 2018: Der Schmerz
Alaa Abd-Elsayed, Samuel Lee, Markus Jackson
Background: Intercostal neuralgia is a complex and difficult-to-treat condition. We present 2 cases that demonstrate the safe and effective use of thermal radiofrequency ablation (RFA) to achieve significant pain relief. Case Reports: Our first patient was a 62-year-old female who developed chronic chest pain following lumpectomy for breast cancer and failed conservative management. Two intercostal diagnostic nerve blocks were performed with good results. One block provided pain relief for 3 weeks, and the other provided pain relief for 5 weeks...
2018: Ochsner Journal
Alaa Abd-Elsayed, Markus Jackson, Elizabeth Plovanich
Background: Sural neuralgia is persistent pain in the distribution of the sural nerve that provides sensation to the lateral posterior corner of the leg, lateral foot, and fifth toe. Sural neuralgia is a rare condition but can be challenging to treat and can cause significant limitation. We present 2 cases of sural neuralgia resistant to conservative management that were effectively treated by pulsed radiofrequency ablation. Case Reports: A 65-year-old female developed sural neuralgia after a foot surgery and failed conservative management...
2018: Ochsner Journal
Alaa Abd-Elsayed, Laura Kreuger, Shawna Wheeler, Janet Robillard, Susanne Seeger, Douglas Dulli
Background: Chronic daily headache, including chronic migraine, can be challenging to treat. Medications often only provide limited improvement, and surgical interventions can be associated with significant adverse effects. We present our experience with using radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for pericranial nerves to treat chronic headache conditions. Methods: This retrospective analysis included patients who received RFA for pericranial nerves to treat chronic daily headache conditions from January 1, 2015 to June 1, 2016...
2018: Ochsner Journal
John Tran, Philip W H Peng, Karen Lam, Ehtesham Baig, Anne M R Agur, Michael Gofeld
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The knee joint is the most common site of osteoarthritis. While joint replacement is considered an ultimate solution, radiofrequency denervation may be contemplated in some cases. Radiofrequency ablation requires precise localization of the articular branches innervating the joint capsule. The objective of this cadaveric study was to determine the source, course, relationships, and frequency of articular branches innervating the anterior knee joint capsule. METHODS: Fifteen knees were meticulously dissected...
March 17, 2018: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Stefano Francesco Crinò, Mirko D'Onofrio, Laura Bernardoni, Luca Frulloni, Michele Iannelli, Giuseppe Malleo, Salvatore Paiella, Alberto Larghi, Armando Gabbrielli
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Endoscopic ultrasound-guided radiofrequency ablation (EUS-RFA) is a promising technique for the treatment of pancreatic neoplasm. We evaluated the feasibility, safety, and technical success of pancreatic EUS-RFA performed in a single center. METHODS: 9 consecutive patients (8 with pancreatic adenocarcinoma and 1 with renal cancer metastasis) were referred for EUS-RFA between November 2016 and July 2017. EUS-RFA was performed using 18-gauge internally cooled electrode with a 5 or 10 mm exposed tip...
March 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
Yasmin Elkhashab, Andrew Ng
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Coccygodynia is pain within the coccyx area. The diagnosis is made clinically with symptoms of pain in the coccyx region and worsening pain in sitting position. The initial treatment is conservative therapy. For patients who do not respond to conservative therapies, there are further interventions available. This includes local injection of local anesthetics and steroids, neurolysis of sacral nerve roots, caudal epidural block, pulse radiofrequency (PRF), intra-rectal massage and manipulation, ganglion impar block, levator ani massage and stretching, coccyx manipulation, and coccygectomy...
March 19, 2018: Current Pain and Headache Reports
Brian C Baumann, Jenny Wei, John P Plastaras, John N Lukens, Nevena Damjanov, Maarouf Hoteit, Christine Hsu, Matthew Levine, Jeffrey Mondschein, Gregory Nadolski, Kim Olthoff, Kim A Reiss, Mark Rosen, Evan Siegelman, James M Metz, Edgar Ben-Josef
OBJECTIVES: Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) is potentially curative treatment for small hepatocellular carcinomas (HCC), but data are limited on its efficacy and toxicity. We hypothesized that SBRT can achieve excellent local control (LC) with acceptable toxicity treating HCC lesions, even in advanced cirrhosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-seven nonmetastatic HCC patients received SBRT to 43 lesions between October 2012 and April 2016. Median dose was 50 Gy/5 fractions...
March 16, 2018: American Journal of Clinical Oncology
H T Sun, M Xu, G L Chen, J He
Objective: This study aimed to compare dexmedetomidine with remifentanil for conscious sedation in patients undergoing radiofrequency ablation of hepatocellular carcinoma. Methods: Sixty patients, who were aged 41 to 73 years with American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) physical status Ⅰ-Ⅱ, and scheduled for elective radiofrequency ablation of hepatocellular carcinoma under conscious sedation in National Cancer Center/Cancer Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, from January 2014 to June 2016, were allocated randomly to receive dexmedetomidine maintenance regimen(group D, n =30)or remifentanil maintenance regimen(group R, n =30)by random digital table...
February 27, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Anna Maria Ierardi, Valeria Savasi, Salvatore Alessio Angileri, Mario Petrillo, Sara Sbaraini, Antonio Pinto, Francesco Hanozet, Anna Maria Marconi, Gianpaolo Carrafiello
Uterine fibroids are the most common benign pelvic tumor of the female genital tract and tend to increase with age; they cause menorrhagia, dysmenorrhea, pelvic pressure symptoms, back pain, and subfertility. Currently, the management is based mainly on medical or surgical approaches. The nonsurgical and minimally invasive therapies are emerging approaches that to the state of the art include uterine artery embolization (UAE), image-guided thermal ablation techniques like magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound surgery (MRgFUS) or radiofrequency ablation (RF), and percutaneous microwave ablation (PMWA)...
2018: BioMed Research International
Osama A Zarzour, Fernando Ruiz Santiago, Nicolas Olea Serrano, Abdelkareem Hassan Abdallah, Mostafa Ahmad El-Sharkawy, Amr Farouk Mourad
INTRODUCTION: Aneurysmal bone cyst (ABC) is one of most therapeutic challenging lesions for orthopedic surgeons specially in large-sized lesions and lesions, which are very close to important neurovascular structures. In the present study, we express our experience in the treatment of aneurysmal bone cyst by radiofrequency thermal ablation (RFTA). METHODS: In the last two years, we have treated 20 cases (12 males & 8 females) presented with painful aneurysmal bone cysts in different anatomical locations, the age mean (±SD) is 18...
March 2018: European Journal of Radiology
Adone Baroni
Xanthelasma palpebrarum is the most common type of xanthoma affecting the eyelids. It is characterized by asymptomatic soft yellowish macules, papules, or plaques over the upper and lower eyelids. Many treatments are available for management of xanthelasma palpebrarum, the most commonly used include surgical excision, ablative CO2 or erbium lasers, nonablative Q-switched Nd:YAG laser, trichloroacetic acid peeling, and radiofrequency ablation. This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of RF ablation in the treatment of xanthelasma palpebrarum, with D...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
Dongho Hyun, Sung Ki Cho, Sung Wook Shin, Kwang Bo Park, Sang Yub Lee, Hong Suk Park, Sung Wook Choo, Young Soo Do
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study is to report the efficacy and safety of combined transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) of the right inferior phrenic artery (IPA) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for small hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) near the diaphragm supplied by the right IPA. METHODS: From July 2009 through April 2015, 11 patients with small (≤ 3 cm) HCC near the diaphragm, which was infeasible for ultrasound-guided RFA and supplied by the right IPA, received TACE of the right IPA and subsequent RFA in one session...
February 28, 2018: Abdominal Radiology
Renato Casana, Valerio Stefano Tolva, Andrea Odero, Chiara Malloggi, Gianfranco Parati
Purpose Endovascular ablation of the great saphenous vein has been proposed as a less invasive alternative to conventional ligation and stripping of varicose veins. Outcomes of patients treated with the radiofrequency ablation ClosureFast™ system over an eight-year period from a single-center were evaluated. Methods Three-year follow-up data included duplex ultrasound scan, complication rate, and questionnaires to assess patients' QOL, level of pain, and days off work. Results A total of 1080 consecutive patients (49...
January 1, 2018: Vascular
Ravi K Grandhi, Alan David Kaye, Alaa Abd-Elsayed
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cervicogenic headache (CHA) is a secondary headache which has a source in the upper cervical spine. Many traditional analgesic choices lack good efficacy in managing the associated pain. As a result, in management of CHA, radiofrequency ablation (RFA) or pulse radiofrequency (PRF) has been tried with success. Our study investigated the use of RFA and PRF for the management of CHA. RECENT FINDINGS: In the present investigation, a review of the literature was conducted using PubMed (1966 to February 2017)...
February 23, 2018: Current Pain and Headache Reports
Ahmad Alsheekh, Anil Hingorani, Afsha Aurshina, Pavel Kibrik, Natalie Marks, Yuriy Ostrozhynskyy, Enrico Ascher
Background There have been well-documented implications of race/ethnicity on the outcome of various vascular diseases, yet there are limited data on risk factors and outcome of lower limb swelling. While many patients improve with endovenous therapy (thermal ablation or iliac vein stenting), some patients' symptoms persist. The goal of this study was to identify clinical factors including race/ethnicity related to persistent leg swelling after treatment with both iliac vein stenting and thermal ablation. Methods From February 2012 to February 2014, this observational study analyzed data for 173 patients with chronic venous insufficiency who underwent both iliac vein stent placement as well as thermal ablation (radiofrequency ablation or endovenous laser ablation)...
January 1, 2018: Vascular
Marco Calandri, Carlo Gazzera, Steven Yevich, Katia Lapenna, Maria Marenco, Andrea Veltri, Gianluca Paraluppi, Paolo Fonio
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of percutaneous ablation for HCC hepatic recurrence along surgical resection margins to achieve complete cure or bridge for additional treatment. No current recommendations exist for these lesions. METHODS: Retrospective review of post-surgical recurrent HCC located along surgical margins treated by percutaneous ultrasound-guided ablation from 2006-2014. Ablation was performed by radiofrequency ablation (RFA) or percutaneous ethanol injection (PEI), selected for recurrence in proximity to extrahepatic organs...
February 21, 2018: Minerva Chirurgica
Xia Lin, Yingming Xiang, Hongcan Shi, Fangbiao Zhang
Due to the extreme rarity of primary intrapulmonary solitary fibrous tumours (SFTs), their clinical course, imaging characteristics, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis are poorly understood. The present study therefore assessed the diagnosis and management of primary intrapulmonary SFTs and systematically reviewed previously reported cases in the literature. A total of 5 patients who underwent resection for primary intrapulmonary SFTs were enrolled in the present study and their clinical course, tumour characteristics, management and survival were assessed in this retrospective study...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
Sai Pavan Chintalapati, Arpan Patel, Hari Conjeevaram
Transarterial chemoembolisation (TACE) is commonly used for unresectable intermediate-stage hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). TACE is usually well-tolerated. We report a case of a patient who presented with a gastrointestinal bleed from TACE. A 64-year-old man presented with chronic hepatitis C cirrhosis and multifocal bilobar HCC. He had previously undergone multiple TACE sessions, radiofrequency ablation and stereotactic body radiation therapy. In the evening of his TACE procedure, he developed abdominal pain and haematemesis...
February 21, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Omeed Ahadiat, Shauna Higgins, Alexandre Ly, Azadeh Nazemi, Ashley Wysong
BACKGROUND: Endovenous thermal ablation is a popular treatment for varicose veins of the greater saphenous vein. Two common techniques of thermal ablation are endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA). OBJECTIVE: The authors compare EVLT and RFA in vein therapy. METHODS: A review was conducted using PubMed. Studies comparing the treatment modalities were gathered and compared on the basis of 5 main standpoints, including: efficacy, side effects, serious complications, recurrence, and quality of life...
February 15, 2018: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
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