Efficacy of intra-arterial contrast-enhanced ultrasonography during transarterial chemoembolization with drug-eluting beads for hepatocellular carcinoma
Kazue Shiozawa, Manabu Watanabe, Shuhei Yamamoto, Takashi Matsui, Yoshinori Saigusa, Iruru Maetani, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Toho University Medical Center, Ohashi Hospital, Tokyo 153-8515, Japan
Kazue Shiozawa, Takashi Ikehara, Yoshinori Igarashi, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Toho University Medical Center, Omori Hospital, Tokyo 143-8541, Japan
Author contributions: Shiozawa K, Watanabe M and Igarashi Y designed the study; Yamamoto S, Matsui T, Saigusa Y, Shiozawa K, Ikehara T and Watanabe M performed transarterial chemoembolization with drug-eluting beads for hepatocellular carcinoma; Watanabe M performed intra-arterial contrast-enhanced ultrasonography with Sonazoid®; Shiozawa K and Watanabe M analyzed the data and wrote the manuscript; Maetani I supervised the study; all authors have read and approved the final version to be published.
Institutional review board statement: The study was approved by the Ethical Review Board of Toho University Medical Center, Omori Hospital.
Informed consent statement: Informed consent was obtained from all patients for being included in the study.
Conflict-of-interest statement: We have no financial relationships to disclose.
Data sharing statement: No additional data are available.
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Correspondence to: Manabu Watanabe, MD, PhD, Professor, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Toho University Medical Center, Ohashi Hospital, 2-17-6, Ohashi, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8515, Japan. email@example.com
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Received: October 14, 2017
Peer-review started: October 24, 2017
First decision: December 1, 2017
Revised: December 7, 2017
Accepted: December 28, 2017
Article in press: December 28, 2017
Published online: January 27, 2018