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Surgical Endoscopy

, Volume 16, Issue 7, pp 1109–1109 | Cite as

Tumor lysis syndrome following endoscopic radiofrequency interstitial thermal ablation of colorectal liver metastases

  • B. D. Barry
  • M. R. Kell
  • H. P. Redmond
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Abstract

Radiofrequency interstitial thermal ablation (RITA) provides a palliative option for patients suffering from metastatic liver disease. This procedure can be performed using a laparoscopic approach with laparoscopic ultrasound used to position the RITA probe. We describe a case of laparoscopic RITA performed for colorectal liver metastasis that was complicated by tumor lysis syndrome (TLS) following treatment. We consider RITA to be a safe procedure, as supported by the literature, but where intracorporal tumor lysis is the treatment goal we believe that the systemic release of tumor products can overwhelm the excretory capacity; therefore, TLS is an inevitable consequence in some patients.

Key words

Radiofrequency interstitial thermal ablation metastasis tumor lysis syndrome 

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. D. Barry
    • 1
  • M. R. Kell
    • 1
  • H. P. Redmond
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Cork University HospitalUniversity College CorkCorkIreland

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