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Laparoscopic resection and radiofrequency thermal ablation for colorectal liver metastasis

P Pessaux, MD, PhD D Ntourakis, MD, PhD S Varatharajah, MD D Mutter, MD, PhD, FACS J Marescaux, MD, FACS, Hon FRCS, Hon FJSES, Hon FASA, Hon APSA
Epublication WebSurg.com, Jul 2014;14(07). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en4237

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We report a case of laparoscopic hepatic resection combined with radiofrequency thermoablation for colonic liver metastases. A 55-year old female patient underwent a laparoscopic right colectomy for a pT2N0 right colon adenocarcinoma and she presented 18 months after liver metastases. The procedure begins with the exploration of the entire peritoneal cavity and an intraoperative ultrasonography was performed. At the left liver lobe, the lesion situated at the upper part of segment 2 is identified, allowing for the placement of a 3cm radiofrequency needle within the lesion treated for 20 minutes. A clamping of the hepatic pedicle is then performed. An atypical resection of the liver’s 5th segment is decided upon. No drainage was used and the patient was discharged on postoperative day 5. The postoperative CT-scan confirmed the correct thermoablation of the lesion in segment 2 of the liver.