Brachial Nerve Injury Caused by Percutaneous Radiofrequency Ablation of Apical Lung Cancer: A Report of Four Cases

Takao Hiraki, Hideo Gobara, Hidefumi Mimura, Yoshifumi Sano, Shinichi Toyooka, Kentaro Shibamoto, Ryotaro Kishi, Mayu Uka, Susumu Kanazawa

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The present report describes four cases of brachial nerve injury caused by percutaneous radiofrequency (RF) ablation of lung cancer. All the tumors were located in the lung apex. The patients developed symptoms indicative of a low brachial plexus injury during RF ablation or as long as 7 days afterward. These symptoms partially receded over time. The indications of RF ablation in patients with apical lung cancer should be carefully determined because of the risk of brachial nerve injury associated with the procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1129-1133
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2010


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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