Thermal protection with 5% dextrose solution blanket during radiofrequency ablation

Enn Alexandria Chen, Ziv Neeman, Fred T. Lee, Anthony Kam, Brad Wood

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A serious complication for any thermal radiofrequency ablation is thermal injury to adjacent structures, particularly the bowel, which can result in additional major surgery or death. Several methods using air, gas, fluid, or thermometry to protect adjacent structures from thermal injury have been reported. In the cases presented in this report, 5% dextrose water (D5W) was instilled to prevent injury to the bowel and diaphragm during radiofrequency ablation. Creating an Insulating envelope or moving organs with D5W might reduce risk for complications such as bowel perforation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1093-1096
Number of pages4
JournalCardiovascular and interventional radiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Radiofrequency ablation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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