March 3, 2015
Preoperative transcatheter arterial embolization was an effective way to reduce blood loss during surgery for metastases of the extremities from hepatocellular carcinoma, with no reports of major complications, according to researchers.
The researchers conducted a retrospective review of medical records from 285 patients with bone metastases from hepatocellular carcinoma to the pelvis and extremities who underwent surgical intervention between 1997 and 2012. Seventy-five patients were selected for inclusion in the study to assess the effects of preoperative embolization on blood loss and clinical outcomes following surgical treatment. Patients’ mean age was 64.6 years, and the average follow-up period was 8.2 months.