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Title: Selective Internal Radiotherapy (SIRT) of Hepatic Tumors: How to Deal with the Cystic Artery

PurposeSelective internal radiotherapy (SIRT) with the beta emitter yttrium-90 (Y90) is a rapidly developing therapy option for unresectable liver malignancies. Nontarget irradiation of the gallbladder is a complication of SIRT. Thus, we aimed to assess different strategies to avoid infusion of Y90 into the cystic artery (CA).MethodsAfter hepatic digital subtraction angiography and administration of technetium-99m-labeled human serum albumin ({sup 99}mTc-HSA), 295 patients with primary or secondary liver tumors underwent single-photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT). Different measures were taken before repeated Y90 mapping and SIRT to avoid unintended influx into the CA where necessary. Clinical symptoms, including pain, fever, or a positive Murphy sign, were assessed during patient follow-up.ResultsA significant {sup 99}mTc-HSA accumulation in the gallbladder wall (higher {sup 99}mTc-HSA uptake than in normal liver tissue) was seen in 20 patients. The following measures were taken to avoid unintended influx into the CA: temporary/permanent occlusion of the CA with gelfoam (n = 5)/microcoil (n = 1), induction of vasospasm with a microwire (n = 4), or altering catheter position (n = 10). Clinical signs of cholecystitis were observed in only one patient after temporary CA occlusion with gelfoam and were successfully treated by antibiotics. Cholecystectomy was not required for anymore » patient.ConclusionIt is important to identify possible nontarget irradiation of the gallbladder. The risk for radiation-induced cholecystitis can be easily minimized by temporary or permanent CA embolization, vasospasm induction, or altering the catheter position.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ; ;  [3] ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [1]
  1. University Hospital Essen, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology (Germany)
  2. University Hospital Essen, Department of Nuclear Medicine (Germany)
  3. University Hospital Essen, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22121755
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology; Journal Volume: 36; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York and the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE); Article Copyright (c) 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC and the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE); Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
62 RADIOLOGY AND NUCLEAR MEDICINE; ALBUMINS; ANTIBIOTICS; ARTERIES; BILIARY TRACT; BIOMEDICAL RADIOGRAPHY; BLOOD SERUM; FEVER; HEALTH HAZARDS; IRRADIATION; LIVER; NEOPLASMS; PAIN; PATIENTS; RADIOTHERAPY; SINGLE PHOTON EMISSION COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY; TECHNETIUM 99; YTTRIUM 90