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Three Important Indications of Parenteral Alcohol for Therapeutic Purposes

OP Kapoor
There are three conditions, where alcohol injection is being increasingly used for therapeutic indications:-
  1. H.O.C.M. (Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy) - In this condition alcohol is injected in the septal arteries supplying the hypertrophied septum in the heart in order to produce necrosis and reduce the obstruction.
  2. Hepatoma - One of the non-surgical treatments of hepatoma is to inject alcohol into the hepatoma in order to produce necrosis (specially if it is less than 3 cm.)
  3. In a patient having a cyst of the liver or kidney (even Hydatid cyst) and specially, if the cyst appears again and again; in such cases injection of alcohol into the cyst causes shrinkage. It can be used even in patients having ovarian cysts.

Ex. Hon. Physician, Jaslok Hospital and Bombay Hospital, Mumbai, Ex. Hon. Prof. of Medicine, Grant Medical College and JJ Hospital, Mumbai 400 008.