Endovascular Embolization of Head and Neck Tumors

  • Jonathan R. Lena
  • M. Imran Chaudry
  • Raymond D. Turner
  • Alejandro Spiotta
  • Aquilla S. TurkEmail author


Preoperative embolization of meningiomas was originally described by Manelfe et al. [1] in 1973. Since that time there have been many reports on the potential advantages and disadvantages of preoperative embolization of hypervascular head, neck, and spinal tumors [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32]. Preoperative embolization of head, neck, and spinal tumors is often utilized to limit intraoperative blood loss, improve visualization during resection, and facilitate surgical resection. Many agents have been used for embolizing these tumors including polyvinyl alcohol, Gelfoam, N-butyl cyanoacrylate (NBCA, Codman Neurovascular, Raynham, MA), coils, and ethyl vinyl alcohol copolymer (Onyx, eV3, Irving, CA).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan R. Lena
    • 1
  • M. Imran Chaudry
    • 1
  • Raymond D. Turner
    • 1
  • Alejandro Spiotta
    • 1
  • Aquilla S. Turk
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Medical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA

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