Clinical sequelae of radiographic iceball involvement of collecting system during computed tomography-guided percutaneous renal tumor cryoablation Journal Article


Authors: Warlick, C. A.; Lima, G. C.; Allaf, M. E.; Varkarakis, I.; Permpongkosol, S.; Schaeffer, E. M.; Kavoussi, L. R.; Jarrett, T. W.; Solomon, S. B.
Article Title: Clinical sequelae of radiographic iceball involvement of collecting system during computed tomography-guided percutaneous renal tumor cryoablation
Abstract: Objectives: Percutaneous renal tumor cryoablation is being evaluated as a treatment option for small renal tumors. However, when tumors are located centrally, involvement of the collecting system by the radiographic iceball can occur. We reviewed our series of computed tomography (CT)-guided percutaneous renal tumor cryoablation to identify those cases in which there appeared to be involvement of the collecting system by the radiographic iceball and to determine any clinical sequelae of such involvement. Methods: Retrospective review of the medical records identified 6 patients who had undergone CT-guided percutaneous renal tumor cryoablation with evidence of collecting system involvement. Measurements of the tumor size, size of the radiographic iceball, and the size of the immediate postprocedure "cryozone" (region of apparent treatment on contrast-enhanced CT) were obtained from the preprocedure, intraprocedure, and immediate postprocedure CT scans. Follow-up imaging was obtained beginning at 3 to 6 months. Results: Six patients were identified who met the inclusion criteria and had at least 3 months of documented follow-up. Despite the apparent involvement of the collecting system during the cryoablation procedure, no patient developed clinical signs or symptoms or radiographic evidence of a urine leak or fistula formation. Furthermore, no evidence of ureteral narrowing or stricture formation has been found to date, with a mean follow-up of 167.7 days (range 90 to 288). Conclusions: We observed no clinically appreciable urine leaks despite what appeared to be obvious involvement of the collecting system by the radiographic iceball. However, care should be exercised to avoid this insult when possible until additional research has confirmed its safety. © 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Keywords: adult; clinical article; controlled study; aged; aged, 80 and over; middle aged; retrospective studies; postoperative period; follow up; follow-up studies; preoperative evaluation; computer assisted tomography; tumor volume; tomography, x-ray computed; retrospective study; kidney carcinoma; kidney neoplasms; postoperative complication; postoperative complications; kidney tumor; carcinoma, renal cell; urine incontinence; contrast enhancement; image quality; medical record; ureter stricture; radiography; medical documentation; radiofrequency ablation; cryosurgery; kidney collecting tubule; surgery, computer-assisted; surgical patient; urinary tract fistula; computer assisted surgery; kidney tubules, collecting
Journal Title: Urology
Volume: 67
Issue: 5
ISSN: 0090-4295
Publisher: Elsevier Science, Inc.  
Date Published: 2006-05-01
Start Page: 918
End Page: 922
Language: English
DOI: 10.1016/j.urology.2005.11.058
PUBMED: 16698352
PROVIDER: scopus
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