Acute Total Body Hypothermia in Cryosurgery

  • Georgij G. Prokhorov


Cryosurgery as a method of malignant tumor destruction substantially expanded the opportunities for treatment of patients with incurable tumors and is successfully used in clinical practice. Cryosurgical methods are very effective in cases of extensive bilobar damage to the liver and spread of metastases into a portal fissure, where the possibilities for traditional surgical interventions are limited (Korpan 1998). The application of high-power cryosurgical equipment allows the successful solution of technical problems related to the destruction of large malignant tumors. When performing large-volume cryoablation, however, there is a real threat of severe complications due to acute total-body overcooling of the patient, which is clinically termed cryogenic shock (Morris 1998).


Rectal Temperature Blood Flow Restriction Cold Water Immersion Cold Injury Electrical Thermo 
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