Challenges and complications and their management of the transarterial microembolization for chronic musculoskeletal pain

Hsuan Yin Lin, Keng Wei Liang, Bow Wang, Cheng Chun Lee

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Abstract

Abstract: Transarterial microembolization (TAME) is an increasingly well-known novel and minimally invasive treatment option for painful chronic musculoskeletal diseases that is gaining popularity. Although the safety and effectiveness of TAME have been established, limited knowledge of intraarticular and musculocutaneous arterial anatomy may lead to challenges and complications. This article aims to present cases illustrating these challenges and complications, based on multicenter experiences and a comprehensive literature review. Furthermore, the article also provides preventive tips, solutions, and follow-up strategies to reduce the learning curve for interventional radiologists and facilitate familiarity with post-TAME follow-up images for diagnostic radiologists. Clinical relevance statement: This article illustrates the intra- and post-interventional complications of transarterial microembolization (TAME) through detailed pictorial reviews, including how to distinguish them from normal angiographic findings. It provides strategies for their prevention, management, and follow-up, which can further improve clinical outcomes. Key Points: • Transarterial microembolization for chronic musculoskeletal pain may result in intrainterventional challenges (IIC) and postinterventional complications (PIC), and their importance may be underestimated. • The intrainterventional challenges include microarterial perforation, arterial dissection, and catheter tip fracture, whereas postinterventional complications include tissue ischemia-related complications, puncture site hemorrhage, and arterial injury. • Being familiar with the intrainterventional challenges and postinterventional complications may help minimize the procedure risk and improve outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Radiology
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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