Percutaneous Renal Cryoablation

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Percutaneous cryoablation is an evolving method of definitive renal mass treatment. With growing experience showing durability of treatment, cryoablation is a reasonable treatment option for an expanding patient population. In addition, large tumors may be treated using multiple cryoprobes. Patients may be treated under IV sedation, although general anesthesia may be more appropriate, particularly for larger tumors or technically complicated cases. Follow-up imaging is typically performed several times in the first 12 months following ablation and then every 6–12 months thereafter, depending on the tumor biology and other clinical indications. Outcomes following ablation have shown short- and midterm local control rates of about 95 %. Major complications are rare, occurring in about 5–7 % of patients.


Renal Cell Carcinoma Renal Mass Radio Frequency Ablation Ureteral Injury Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma 
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  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic RadiologyMayo ClinicRochesterUSA

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