Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 169–173 | Cite as

Radiofrequency ablation: another treatment option for local control of desmoid tumors

  • Hakan IlaslanEmail author
  • Jean Schils
  • Michael Joyce
  • Kenneth Marks
  • Murali Sundaram
Scientific Article


Desmoid tumors are fibrous neoplasms that are infiltrative and locally aggressive. Although they are histologically benign with negligible metastatic potential, recurrence after surgical resection is common. Pharmacotherapy and radiation treatment have been utilized when surgery has been considered unsuitable. Since April 2003, we have used radiofrequency ablation to treat five desmoid tumors in four patients. Complications were seen in two patients; one patient had cellulitis and another had soft tissue necrosis. Clinical follow-up was available for all four patients and ranged from 4–68 months (mean 30 months). No recurrences were detected.


Desmoid Fibromatosis Radiofrequency ablation Benign neoplasm 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hakan Ilaslan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jean Schils
    • 1
  • Michael Joyce
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kenneth Marks
    • 1
    • 2
  • Murali Sundaram
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiology, Musculoskeletal RadiologyCleveland ClinicClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Department of OrthopedicsCleveland ClinicClevelandUSA

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