Hepatic transcatheter arterial chemoembolization complicated by postembolization syndrome

Sabeen Dhand*, Ramona Gupta

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Postembolization syndrome (PES) is a common complication after embolic procedures, and it is a frequent cause of extended inpatient hospital admissions. PES is a self-limited constellation of symptoms consisting of fevers, unremitting nausea, general malaise, loss of appetite, and variable abdominal pain following the procedure. Although a definite cause is unknown, this syndrome is thought to be a result of therapeutic cytotoxicity, tumor ischemia, and resulting intrahepatic and extrahepatic inflammation. The authors report a case of PES precipitated by transcatheter intrarterial chemoembolization of hepatic metastases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-211
Number of pages5
JournalSeminars in Interventional Radiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2011


  • Postembolization syndrome (PES)
  • chemoembolization
  • complications
  • embolization complications
  • hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)
  • transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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