Radiofrequency ablation of a solitary liver metastasis complicated by colonic perforation

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Radiofrequency ablation is used for the treatment of primary liver malignancies and liver metastases. In this case, the authors performed percutaneous radiofrequency ablation of a solitary esophageal carcinoma metastasis within the left hepatic lobe. Following the procedure, the patient developed a colonic perforation with a large right upper quadrant abscess. Although the abscess nearly resolved after intravenous antibiotics and percutaneous drainage, the patient ultimately developed a colocutaneous fistula that required surgical excision and right hemicolectomy. The risks for developing this complication as well as measures to minimize this risk are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-174
Number of pages4
JournalSeminars in Interventional Radiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2011


  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • liver
  • thermal injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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