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Pulmonary radiofrequency ablation in a single lung patient
  1. M C Ambrogi1,
  2. O Fanucchi1,
  3. R Lencioni2,
  4. R Cioni2,
  5. A Mussi1
  1. 1Division of Thoracic Surgery - Cardiac and Thoracic Department, Department of Oncology Transplants and New Technologies, Pisa, Italy
  2. 2Division of Radiology - Department of Oncology Transplants and New Technologies, Pisa, Italy
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr M C Ambrogi
    Dipartimento CardioToracico, via Paradisa 2, 56124 - Pisa, Italy; m.ambrogi{at}


Recurrence in the contralateral lung of patients who have undergone pneumonectomy for lung cancer is often not surgically treatable. Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of tumours is an emerging minimally invasive technique which has recently been used in the treatment of lung cancer. The case history is presented of a patient who had previously undergone pneumonectomy in whom recurrence of lung cancer was treated by RFA. The procedure was performed under CT guidance and was uneventful. At follow up 9 months later the tumour appeared to have ablated. To our knowledge, no similar case has previously been reported in the literature.

  • lung cancer
  • pneumonectomy
  • radiofrequency ablation

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  • Competing interests: the authors have no relevant financial interests in the products described that may influence their interpretation of the results.