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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 107-111

Transradial arterial chemoembolization reduces complications and costs in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma


1 Department of Interventional Radiology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Henan University, Kaifeng, Henan 475001, PR, China
2 Department of Gastrointestinal Medicine, The First Affiliated Hospital of Henan University, Kaifeng, Henan 475001, PR, China

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J He
Department of Gastrointestinal Medicine, The First Affiliated Hospital of Henan University, Kaifeng, Henan 475001
China
Z Zhao
Department of Interventional Radiology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Henan University, Kaifeng, Henan 475001
China
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-509X.172505

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Purpose: To improve patient comfort and reduce complications, clinical benefit of a transradial approach for transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) was evaluated in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Methods: A total of 284 patients with HCC for TACE was divided into transradial approach group (n = 126) and transfemoral approach group (n = 158). These two groups of cases were retrospectively compared with regard to complications, the procedural time, X-ray exposure time, length of hospitalization, and hospital costs. Results: There were lower incidence rates of complications including abdominal distension (42.85% vs. 87.97%, P> 0.001), vomiting (53.17% vs. 77.22%, P < 0.001), lumbago (1.59% vs. 97.46%, P < 0.001), and dysuria (0% vs. 62.03%, P < 0.001) in the transradial group as compared with the transfemoral group. The time required for catheterization and total X-ray exposure time were less in the transradial group compared with the transfemoral group (Pall < 0.001). The hospital stay time and costs required for catheterization were less in the transradial group compared with the transfemoral group (P < 0.001 and P = 0.001, respectively). In addition, hepatic angiography and TACE were completed in 100% and 99.2% cases in transfemoral and transradial groups, respectively. Conclusions: Transradial approach for TACE improves quality of life in patients with HCC by offering fewer complications and lower costs compared with transfemoral approach.






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