Percutaneous Cryotherapy for Treatment of Chondroblastoma: Early Experience
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Surgical curettage is currently the standard of care for the chondroblastoma, but in peri-articular tumors it is limited by its morbidity. In this preliminary report, we evaluate the feasibility of percutaneous cryotherapy as an alternative ablative treatment for chondroblastoma. Three patients with a chondroblastoma treated by CT scan-guided cryotherapy are presented in this article. Pain permanently disappeared 2 days after the procedure. No local tumor recurrence or cartilage damage was observed by MRI performed 1 year after the intervention. This preliminary case report suggests that percutaneous cryotherapy may be a possible alternative to the current standard of care in chondroblastoma. Further studies are needed to evaluate if this technique offers similar anti-tumoral efficacy while providing better pain relief and less morbidity than curettage.
KeywordsChondroblastoma Benign bone tumor Cryotherapy Percutaneous treatment
All of the authors substantively contributed to this work and agree with its content. A. Bouhamama, F. Pilleul, A. Thibaut have designed the study. A. Bouhamama, A. Ricoeur, A. Thibaut have gathered the data. A. Thibaut and A. Bouhamama have analyzed the data. A. Bouhamama vouches for the data and the analysis. A. Thibaut, A. Boespflug, A. Bouhamama, C. Mastier wrote the paper. All authors have decided to publish the paper.
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