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Does radioembolization have any serious complications or side effects?

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  • Radioembolization has a low rate of serious side effects. However, potential complications of radioembolization include: Severe ulcers in the stomach or small intestine
  • Liver or gallbladder failure
  • Dangerously low white blood cell count
  • Radiation damage to the lungs

Tests performed before radioembolization can reduce some of the risks of complications from the procedure.

From: Radioembolization WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Nicolay, N. 2009;. Kennedy, A. 2010. Naymagon, S. 2010. Gray, B. , 2001. Radiologyinfo.org: "Radioembolization."  




Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, Cancer Journal, Digestive Diseases & Sciences, Annals of Oncology

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 18, 2017

SOURCES: Nicolay, N. 2009;. Kennedy, A. 2010. Naymagon, S. 2010. Gray, B. , 2001. Radiologyinfo.org: "Radioembolization."  




Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, Cancer Journal, Digestive Diseases & Sciences, Annals of Oncology

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