Percutaneous cryoablation of osteoblastoma in the proximal femur

  • Poullain Françoise
  • Mattei J. C.
  • Rochwerger Alexandre
  • Bouvier Cyril
  • Chagnaud Christophe
  • Champsaur Pierre
  • Lecorroller Thomas

  • Femur
  • Bone
  • Cryoablation
  • Osteoblastoma


A 37-year-old man presented with a 2-year history of left hip pain. Pretherapeutic imaging demonstrated a 4 cm osteoblastoma located in the intertrochanteric region of the proximal femur, surrounded by extensive bone marrow edema. After multidisciplinary meeting, percutaneous cryoablation was decided and performed under computed tomography guidance using three cryoprobes to match the exact size and shape of the tumor, resulting in complete resolution of symptoms. Magnetic resonance imaging follow-up demonstrated resolution of the bone marrow edema pattern and ingrowth of fat at the periphery of the ablation zone consistent with long-term healing of the tumor.