Applications of transcatheter embolotherapy in preparation for liver transplantation and resection

Ethan Yiyang Lin, Joshua Cornman-Homonoff, Bruno C. Odisio, David C. Madoff


Although the liver-directed therapies offered by interventional radiology are often treated as alternatives to surgery, the roles they can play in preparation for surgical intervention are less often appreciated and thus underutilized. Locoregional therapies (LRT) can help establish and maintain candidacy for transplantation in patients with early-stage disease, and in those who are candidates for partial hepatectomy can improve post-resection outcomes. Appropriate patient selection is essential to realizing the maximal potential benefit, and herein we provide an overview of the options available and the indications for their use in the pre-operative period.