CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 41, Issue 11, pp 1803–1806 | Cite as

Immediate Clinical Success After Percutaneous Ablation of Extra-adrenal Paraganglioma

  • Anna Maria Ierardi
  • Pierpaolo Biondetti
  • Giulia Ferrante
  • Stefano Carugo
  • Gianpaolo CarrafielloEmail author
Case Report


Paragangliomas (PGLs) are catecholamine-secreting neoplasms of chromaffin cells and represent a rare but curable cause of secondary hypertension. Surgery is the treatment of choice for symptomatic PGLs. A small (7 mm) extra-adrenal PGL was diagnosed in the right retroperitoneal space in a 19-year-old patient affected by symptomatic hypertension unresponsive to medical treatment. Indication to percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) was given by a multidisciplinary team on the basis of the size of the nodule, the surgical risks, the young age of the patient, and his wish to reduce as much as possible the post-interventional rehabilitation. To our knowledge, the use of percutaneous RFA in the treatment of retroperitoneal extra-adrenal primary paragangliomas has never been described. We describe its feasibility and the patient’s clinical outcome.


Paraganglioma Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation Hypertension 



This study was not supported by any funding.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

The procedure performed in the study involving human participant was in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from the patient included in the study.

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Consent for publication was obtained for the patient’s personal data included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anna Maria Ierardi
    • 1
  • Pierpaolo Biondetti
    • 1
  • Giulia Ferrante
    • 2
  • Stefano Carugo
    • 2
  • Gianpaolo Carrafiello
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology Department, ASST Santi Paolo and Carlo, San Paolo HospitalUniversity of MilanMilanItaly
  2. 2.Heart and Lung Department, ASST Santi Paolo and CarloUniversity of MilanMilanItaly

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