Successful Percutaneous Radiologic Management of Renal Cell Carcinoma Tumor Seeding Caused by Percutaneous Biopsy Performed before Ablation

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Abstract

A case is reported of the successful image-based detection, diagnosis, and percutaneous ablation of tumor seeding in a 61-year-old man that was caused by percutaneous biopsy of a renal cell carcinoma performed before cryoablation and was not detected until 4 years after the biopsy procedure. Although tumor seeding is a rare complication after percutaneous biopsy or ablation, this case emphasizes the importance of imaging surveillance of the needle tract used during both biopsy and ablation procedures, provides guidance on measures that can be used to minimize the occurrence of tumor seeding, and demonstrates that entirely radiologic management can be successful.

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