Treatment of Liver Carcinoma by Percutaneous Intratumoral Ethanol Injection
Recently, small hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has been detected reliably by real-time ultrasound (US), and the rate of detection is increasing, particularly in patients with cirrhosis of the liver. At present, surgical resection is believed to be the most effective treatment of small HCC, but is often not indicated because of the associated liver dysfunction. While transcatheter arterial embolization and systemic chemotherapy are recommended when resection is not feasible, their usefulness has not been reliably established in patients with small HCC.
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