Pathological effects of lung radiofrequency ablation that contribute to pneumothorax, using a porcine model.
Izaaryene J, Cohen F, Souteyrand P, Rolland PH, Vidal V, Bartoli JM, Secq V, Gaubert JY
The incidence of pneumothorax is 7 times higher after lung radiofrequency ablation (RFA) than after lung biopsy. The reasons for such a difference have never been objectified. The histopathologic changes in lung tissue are well-studied and established for RF in the ablation zone. However, it has not been previously described what the nature of thermal injury might be along the shaft of the RF electrode as it traverses through normal lung tissue to reach the ablation zone. The purpose of this study was to determine the changes occurring around the RF needle along the pathway between the ablated zone and the pleura.Lire l‘article