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Linear enhancement after radio-frequency ablation for hepatocellular carcinoma: is it a sign of recurrence?
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PMID:  23026230     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
This prospective study was performed in 179 hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) lesions treated by radio-frequency ablation (RFA) to explore the clinical outcome of "linear enhancement" on contrast-enhanced sonogram. Thirty-three lesions (18.4%) showed linear enhancement, a linear-shaped positive enhancement in the RFA-treated area. Seventeen of them were followed up with no treatment (remaining 16; dropout in eight, additional RFA in six and ineffective treatment in two) and three lesions (3/17, 17.6%) showed local tumor progression corresponding to linear enhancement at 7, 14, 19 months after RFA. Although there was no significant difference in local recurrence rate between the lesions with (3/17) and without linear enhancement (10/35), local tumor progression inside the ablation zone occurred only in the lesions with linear enhancement. In conclusion, linear enhancement inside the RFA-treated area should be followed up within 7 months because it has a risk of local tumor progression. Histology of linear enhancement and its influence on distant recurrence remain to be solved.
Masanori Takahashi; Hitoshi Maruyama; Taro Shimada; Hidehiro Kamezaki; Shinichiro Okabe; Fumihiko Kanai; Masaharu Yoshikawa; Osamu Yokosuka
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ultrasound in medicine & biology     Volume:  38     ISSN:  1879-291X     ISO Abbreviation:  Ultrasound Med Biol     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-10-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0410553     Medline TA:  Ultrasound Med Biol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1902-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Medicine and Clinical Oncology, Chiba University Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba, Japan.
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