[Retroperitoneal abscess formation accompanied by intraabdominal free air, a rare complication of transcatheter arterial embolization of renal tumor: a case report]

Hinyokika Kiyo. 1996 Jun;42(6):443-6.
[Article in Japanese]


Transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE) has been commonly used in the treatment of renal cancer. Postembolization syndrome consisting of fever, flank pain and gastrointestinal symptoms is encountered in almost every case. We report a case of E. coli-induced retroperitoneal abscess accompanied by intraabdominal free air which developed three weeks after TAE in a 59-year-old woman with T4N0M0 renal cancer. No fistula between abscess and gastrointestinal tract could be demonstrated by gastrofiberscopy and barium enema. Urine culture just before TAE should be examined to avoid such a complication.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abscess / etiology*
  • Embolization, Therapeutic / adverse effects*
  • Escherichia coli Infections / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kidney Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Middle Aged
  • Pneumoperitoneum / etiology*
  • Retroperitoneal Space