Cooled radiofrequency ablation technology for painful bone tumors

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Salvatore Alessio Angileri
Giuseppe Granata
Anna Paola Savoldi
Giovanni Maria Rodà
Letizia Di Meglio
Pasquale Grillo
Silvia Tortora
Antonio Arrichiello
Maurizio Papa
Alessandro Liguori
Anna Maria Ierardi
Massimo De Filippo
Aldo Paolucci
Gianpaolo Carrafiello

Keywords

Radiofrequency, Bone tumors, Ablation, treatment

Abstract

Bone metastases are a common cause of cancer-related debilitating pain, especially when -localized in the vertebral column and not responsive to standard treatment. In such cases, various treatment options are available; among these is Radiofrequency, whose role has been rapidly growing over the past few years. In this study, we used the innovative Osteocool RF Ablation System (Medtronic) on a patient with a painful bone metastasis localized in the 5th lumbar vertebra, with encouraging results. The radiofrequency ablation of bone metastases with palliative aim represents an excellent treatment option, as it is a minimally invasive and safe procedure, and can be repeated multiple times.

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