Percutaneous Cryoablation of the Horseshoe Kidney: An Initial Experience

Junjian Huang, Thomas D. Atwell, A. Nicholas Kurup, Stephen A. Boorjian, R. Houston Thompson, Grant D. Schmit

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Between June 2006 and January 2016, 6 renal cryoablation procedures were performed in 5 patients with horseshoe kidneys. Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) accounted for 5 of the tumors, and the sixth was a carcinoid tumor. All 6 procedures were technically successful. The patient with the carcinoid tumor developed local tumor progression 38 months after ablation. Technique effectiveness was achieved in all 5 patients with RCC. Two complications occurred: obstructive hematuria and transient inguinal neuralgia after ablation. In this small initial experience, percutaneous cryoablation appears feasible in treatment of primary tumors in horseshoe kidneys.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)498-501
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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