Osteoid osteoma treated successfully with RFA at AKUH

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Osteoid osteoma treated
successfully with RFA at AKUH

KARACHI: Radiologists at the Aga Khan University Hospital have successfully treated a bone tumour (non-cancerous) without surgery by radiofrequency ablation (RFA). The procedure was performed on 24-year-old Bilal in May and follow-up visits confirm that the patient’s symptoms have completely disappeared. The patient suffered from leg pain for nearly eight months when he was finally diagnosed with osteoid osteoma - a harmless but painful bone tumour commonly found in young patients.
The usual mode of treatment offered in the country is open surgery which is associated with a high risk of complications and a longer recovery period. However, internationally the method of choice is radiofrequency ablation, which is safe, quick, minimally-invasive and give better results compared to surgery. The educated patient Bilal searched all the information and found that unfortunately no hospital offered RFA for benign tumour of bones at that time. After extensive research, he approached an interventional radiologist at the Radiology Department of AKUH. “Dr Basit Salam, Consultant Interventional Radiologist, Department of Radiology, AKUH performed the procedure.
After the tumour was localized with the CT scanner, a needle was inserted at the site of the tumour and a hole drilled in the bone, explains Dr Basit. “We placed a RFA needle called an electrode inside the lesion, and destroyed it in about six minutes,” he added. “The procedure was uneventful and the patient was discharged the same day,” says D. Basit
It may be mentioned here that since May 2013 the RFA facility is available at AKUH, which obviates the need for surgery in many cases. A similar type of technique is also available for tumours found in the liver, kidney and lungs. (PR)

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