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Embolization of an unusual metastatic site of hepatocellular carcinoma in the humerus

Author(s): Andreas Hansch, Rotraud Neumann, Alexander Pfeil, Ivan Marintchev, Stefan Pfleiderer, Mieczyslaw Gajda, Werner A Kaiser

Journal: World Journal of Gastroenterology
ISSN 1007-9327

Volume: 15;
Issue: 18;
Start page: 2280;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Hepatocellular carcinoma | Humerus | Upper arm | Metastasis | Embolization

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the fifth most common cancer in the world. This case documents an unusual metastatic presentation of HCC in the humerus. Preoperative palliative arterial embolization of the tumor was performed to arrest severe tumor bleeding caused by the biopsy. Embolization turned out to be useful also in limiting/preventing potential uncontrolled bleeding during subsequent amputation.
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