Gough-Palmer AL, Gedroyc WMW. Laser ablation of hepatocellular carcinoma-A review. World J Gastroenterol 2008; 14(47): 7170-7174 [PMID: 19084930 DOI: 10.3748/wjg.14.7170]
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Antony Lawrence Gough-Palmer, MRI Department, St Mary's Hospital, Imperial Healthcare NHS trust, Praed St, London W2 1NY, United Kingdom. firstname.lastname@example.org
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World J Gastroenterol. Dec 21, 2008; 14(47): 7170-7174 Published online Dec 21, 2008. doi: 10.3748/wjg.14.7170
Laser ablation of hepatocellular carcinoma-A review
Antony Lawrence Gough-Palmer, Wladyslaw Michal Witold Gedroyc
Antony Lawrence Gough-Palmer, Wladyslaw Michal Witold Gedroyc, MRI Department, St Mary's Hospital, Imperial Healthcare NHS trust, Praed St, London W2 1NY, United Kingdom
Author contributions: Gough-Palmer AL and Gedroyc WMW contributed equally to this work.
Correspondence to: Antony Lawrence Gough-Palmer, MRI Department, St Mary's Hospital, Imperial Healthcare NHS trust, Praed St, London W2 1NY, United Kingdom. email@example.com
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Received: June 11, 2008 Revised: September 17, 2008 Accepted: September 24, 2008 Published online: December 21, 2008
A wide range of local thermal ablative therapies have been developed in the treatment of non resectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in the last decade. Laser ablation (LA) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) are the two most widely used of these. This article provides an up to date overview of the role of laser ablation in the local treatment of HCC. General principles, technique, image guidance and patient selection are discussed. A review of published data on treatment efficacy, long term outcome and complication rates of laser ablation is included and comparison with RFA made. The role of laser ablation in combination with transcatheter arterial chemoembolization is also discussed.