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Randomised controlled trial comparing percutaneous radiofrequency thermal ablation, percutaneous ethanol injection, and percutaneous acetic acid injection to treat hepatocellular carcinoma of 3 cm or less
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  • Published on:
    Complications of radiofrequency ablation in hepatocellular cancer: what about "exoplosive spread"?
    • Fabio Farinati, Associate Professor of Gastroenterology
    • Other Contributors:
      • C.Angonese, A.Baldan, U.Cillo, A.D’Alessandro, M.De Antoni, M.De Giorgio, A.Masotto, D.Marino, M.Massani, M.Mazzucco, E.Miola, D.Neri, D.Paccagnella, G.Pivetta G, L.Tommasi, F.Tremolada, A.Tufano, G.Zanus

    Dear Sir,

    Surgery (resection or transplantation) is the first treatment choice for early HCC, but unfortunately it is feasible only in a minority of patients.[1] Local percutaneous ablation has therefore dramatically increase in importance and radio-frequency thermal ablation (RFTA) has showed in recent reports global or disease-free survivals better than those reported for percutaneous ethanol injection (PEI).[2] The...

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    None declared.
  • Published on:
    Complication Rates of Ablation Therapies for HCC: a Difficult Comparison with an Easy Solution
    • Vincenzo Arienti, Chief of Internal Medicine
    • Other Contributors:
      • Stefano Pretolani

    Dear Editor,

    we read the recent debate from Taipei on which is the best image- guided ablation therapy for Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) by Lin et al (1,2) and Huo et al (3), that represents a interesting topic for hepatologists and gastroenterologists.

    The papers by Lin et al stated that to treat HCC radiofrequency (RFA) was superior to percutaneous ethanol injection (PEI) and percutaneous acetic acid...

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    None declared.