DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2349-2902.isj20211310

High-intensity focused ultrasound for the treatment of hepatic echinococcosis

Zhenzhen Chen, Haitham Salameen, Jianping Gong, Xuegang Wen

Abstract


Objective of the study was to investigate the safety and effectiveness of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to treat hepatic echinococcosis (HE). Eight HE patients treated between 2008 and 2010 were evaluated for the effectiveness of HIFU treatment; the occurrence of complications such as post treatment pain, fever, and skin burns; prognosis; and recurrence. Clinical and imaging evaluation of disease improved after treatment in all eight patients. Postoperatively, all patients experienced changes in liver function that returned to normal within 5 days. Three patients experienced low-grade fever that resolved in 6 days. Six patients complained of right upper quadrant pain that resolved in 7 days. Three patients experienced minor swelling of the skin. No unexpected complications were noted. HIFU was safe and effective for treating HE. It is non-invasive and caused no severe postoperative complications.


Keywords


Hepatic echinococcosis, Combination therapy

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