This report describes seven cases in which a pneumothorax was artificially created for relief from severe pain that occurred during radiofrequency (RF) ablation of peripheral lung tumors. In this procedure, the multitined probe surrounding the lesion was advanced into the chest, displacing the tines and the peripheral tumor away from the parietal pleura and the chest wall and resulting in pain relief in one patient; in the remaining patients, an intravenous catheter was also introduced, followed by the administration of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the space between the tumor and the parietal pleura. The pain decreased considerably immediately after this procedure. No complication related to the creation of the artificial pneumothorax was observed. Creation of an artificial pneumothorax is a safe and effective method for pain relief.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine