What is the role of renal artery embolization in the treatment of renal cell carcinoma (RCC)?

Updated: May 21, 2019
  • Author: Kush Sachdeva, MD; Chief Editor: E Jason Abel, MD  more...
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Renal artery embolization with ethanol and gelatin sponge pledgets has been found effective for palliative treatment in patients who are not candidates for surgery, or who refuse surgery. A retrospective study in 8 patients with stage IV disease found that ethanol ablation controlled hematuria and flank pain. [72]


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