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Ruptured hepatocellular carcinoma following trans catheter arterial chemoembolization

Authors:

S Bruls ,

Department of Surgery
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J Joskin,

Department of Medical Imaging
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R Chauveau,

Department of Medical Imaging
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J Delwaide,

Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University Hospital of Liège, Liège, Belgium.
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P Meunier

Department of Medical Imaging
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Abstract

Transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) is known to be an effective palliative treatment in unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Although TACE can control tumour growth and palliate the patients, complications of TACE with significant morbidity are well known and adversely affect the outcome of patients. Necrotic tumor rupture is a serious complication of TACE and has a high mortality rate. We report a case of ruptured HCC following TACE in a 78-year-old male patient who subsequently developed peritonitis and pneumoperitoneum. This case gives us the opportunity to underline the importance of such complications and demonstrates the utility of CT imaging for diagnosis and management of patients with ruptured HCC.

How to Cite: Bruls S, Joskin J, Chauveau R, Delwaide J, Meunier P. Ruptured hepatocellular carcinoma following trans catheter arterial chemoembolization. Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology. 2011;94(2):68–70. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jbr-btr.497
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Published on 04 Feb 2011.
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