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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 23, Issue 8, Pages 554-556
Brief Communication

Percutaneous Ethanol Ablation of Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Periprocedural Onset Alcohol Toxicity and Pancreatitis Following Conventional Percutaneous Ethanol Ablation Treatment

Kirsteen Rennie Burton,1 Helena O’Dwyer,2 and Charles Scudamore3

1Department of Medical Imaging, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2Department of Radiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
3Department of General Surgery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Received 9 June 2008; Accepted 19 August 2008

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A novel case of acute pancreatitis in a patient treated with percutaneous ethanol injection (PEI) ablation for hepatocellular carcinoma is described. The most commonly reported adverse effects of PEI are hepatic or peritoneal hemorrhage, hepatic insufficiency or infarction. There are no previous reports of fatal acute pancreatitis as a result of conventional PEI.