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Importance of pre-operative embolization in the surgery of nasopharyngeal angiofibroma

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Juvenile Nasopharyngeal Angiofibroma are rare vasoformative1 neoplasms of the Nasopharynx. Due to innocuous nature of their presenting symptoms, the tumour frequently has extranasopharyngeal extensions at the time of initial diagnosis.

The advances in radiographic CT techniques2 and pre-operative embolization3 have reduced the mortality and morbidity to a great extent. We analysed nine cases of angiofibroma with and without embolization and concluded that preoperative embolization reduces intraoperative blood loss considerably giving excellent surgical clearance of the tumour mass with minimal risk of recurrence.

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Correspondence to K. K. Desarda or Pande or M. P. Bora.

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Desarda, K.K., Pande & Bora, M.P. Importance of pre-operative embolization in the surgery of nasopharyngeal angiofibroma. IJO & HNS 50, 36–39 (1998). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02996767

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  • Nasopharyngeal Angiofibroma
  • pre-operative embolization