Ablation of musculoskeletal metastases: Pain palliation, fracture risk reduction, and oligometastatic disease

Anil Nicholas Kurup, Matthew R. Callstrom

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Thermal ablation is an effective, minimally invasive alternative to conventional therapies in the palliation of painful musculoskeletal metastases and an emerging approach to obtain local tumor control in the setting of limited metastatic disease. Various thermal ablation technologies have been applied to bone and soft tissue tumors and may be used in combination with percutaneous cement instillation for skeletal lesions with or at risk for pathologic fracture. This article reviews current practices of percutaneous ablation of musculoskeletal metastases with an emphasis on radiofrequency ablation and cryoablation of painful skeletal metastases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-261
Number of pages9
JournalTechniques in Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013



  • Bone tumor
  • Cryoablation
  • Oligometastasis
  • Radiofrequency ablation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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