CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 350–354 | Cite as

Epidural Balloon Placement for Protection of the Spinal Canal During Cryoablation of Paraspinal Lesions

  • Jeffrey Forris Beecham ChickEmail author
  • Ravi N. Srinivasa
  • Evan Johnson
  • Matthew L. Osher
  • Anthony Hage
  • Joseph J. Gemmete
Case Report


Ablation of paraspinal lesions close to the spinal canal and neuroforamina requires protective measures in order to protect the spinal cord and nerve roots. Various methods of protection have been previously described including infusion of saline and CO2. Regardless, neuromonitoring should be adjunctively performed when ablating spinal lesions close to neuronal structures. Balloon protection has been previously described during ablation of renal masses. The benefit of balloon protection in paraspinal mass ablation is it physically displaces the nerve roots as opposed to CO2 or saline which has the potential to insulate but because of its aerosolized or fluid nature may or may not provide definitive continuous protection throughout an ablation. This report details three paraspinal lesions, two of which were successfully ablated with the use of a balloon placed in the epidural space to provide protection to the spinal cord and nerve roots.


Epidural balloon protection Cryoablation Spinal tumor Paraspinal mass 


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The authors whose names are listed immediately below certify that they have NO affiliations with or involvement in any organization or entity with any financial interest (such as honoraria; educational grants; participation in speakers’ bureaus; membership, employment, consultancies, stock ownership, or other equity interest; and expert testimony or patent-licensing arrangements), or nonfinancial interest (such as personal or professional relationships, affiliations, knowledge or beliefs) in the subject matter or materials discussed in this manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey Forris Beecham Chick
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ravi N. Srinivasa
    • 1
  • Evan Johnson
    • 1
  • Matthew L. Osher
    • 1
  • Anthony Hage
    • 1
  • Joseph J. Gemmete
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiology, Division of Vascular and Interventional RadiologyUniversity of Michigan Health Systems, Michigan MedicineAnn ArborUSA

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