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Table 4 Major complications associated with radiofrequency ablation and percutaneous ethanol injection

From: Radiofrequency ablation versus percutaneous ethanol injection for hepatocellular carcinoma: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

Complication RFA ( n= 247) PEI ( n= 219)
Fever 58 52
Skin burns 6 0
Ascites 59 48
Jaundice 7 6
Liver abscess 0 2
Gastric bleeding 1 1
Pain 98 100
Hydrothorax 8 0
Hemothorax 4 1
Subcapsular hematoma 1 0
Portal venous thrombosis 5 9