Percutaneous cryoablation of large renal masses: Technical feasibility and short-term outcome

Thomas D. Atwell, Michael A. Farrell, Matthew R. Callstrom, J. William Charboneau, Bradley C. Leibovich, Igor Frank, David E. Patterson

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OBJECTIVE. This retrospective study was performed to assess the feasibility, safety, and short-term outcome of percutaneous cryoablation of large solid renal tumors. MATERIALS AND METHODS. We reviewed 40 percutaneous cryoablation procedures performed on 40 patients with renal tumors 3 cm in diameter or larger. All patients underwent cryoablation with CT monitoring. Technical success was defined by extension of the ice ball beyond the tumor margin and postablation imaging findings of no contrast enhancement in the area encompassing the original tumor. Complications meeting grade 3 of the National Cancer Institute Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events were recorded. RESULTS. Mean ± SD tumor diameter was 4.2 ± 1.1 cm (range, 3.0-7.2 cm). Technical success was achieved in 38 (95%) of 40 cryoablation procedures. There was one grade 3 adverse event (3% rate of significant complications). Follow-up images obtained 3 months or longer (mean, 9 ± 6 months; range, 3-22 months) after ablation were available for 26 (65%) of the 40 patients. No local tumor recurrence or tumor progression was found. CONCLUSION. Percutaneous cryoablation of renal tumors measuring 3 cm or larger is technically feasible and relatively safe. Short-term follow-up results are encouraging, although long-term follow-up is necessary to assess true treatment efficacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1195-1200
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2007


  • Cancer
  • Cryoablation
  • Kidney
  • Oncology
  • Percutaneous ablation
  • Sonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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