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Infectious Complications of Cryoablation and Microwave Ablation in Metastatic Solid Tumors

  • Ashish Bhargava (a1), Harsha V. Banavasi (a2) and Pranatharthi H. Chandrasekar (a2)


Cryoablation and microwave ablation are commonly used techniques to reduce tumor burden in unresectable neoplasms. This retrospective study demonstrated low risk for infectious complications (1.4%) following these invasive procedures. Abscess formation was the most common infection around the ablation sites. All infections were successfully treated with imaging-guided drainage and antibiotics.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2018;39:723–726


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Address correspondence to Ashish Bhargava MD, FACP, 19251 Mack Ave, Suite 340, Gross Pointe Woods, MI, 48236 (


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PREVIOUS PRESENTATION. Preliminary data of this study were presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society (ID Week) on October 2-6, 2013 in San Francisco, CA (abstract 1560).



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