Irreversible electroporation (IRE) is a novel image-guided ablation technique that is rapidly gaining popularity in the treatment of malignant liver tumors located near large vessels or bile ducts. We describe a 28-year-old female patient with a 5 cm large, centrally located hepatocellular adenoma who wished to get pregnant. Regarding the risk of growth and rupture of the adenoma caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy, treatment of the tumor was advised prior to pregnancy. However, due to its central location, the tumor was considered unsuitable for resection and thermal ablation. Percutaneous CT-guided IRE was performed without complications and led to rapid and impressive tumor shrinkage. Subsequent pregnancy and delivery went uncomplicated. This case report suggests that the indication for IRE may extend to the treatment of benign liver tumors that cannot be treated safely otherwise.
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Hester J Scheffer, Marleen CAM Melenhorst, Aukje AJM van Tilborg, Karin Nielsen, Karin M van Nieuwkerk, Richard A de Vries, Petrousjka (MP) van den Tol and Martijn R Meijerink have no conflicts of interest to declare.
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