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Basics of Embolization 

Basics of Embolization
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Basics of Embolization
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M. Victoria Marx

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190276249.003.0014
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date: 19 September 2019

In the domain of interventional radiology (IR), embolization procedures encompass a wide range of treatments that share one commonality: they all involve the intentional occlusion of blood vessels from an endovascular approach. The purpose of this chapter is to introduce the types of embolization agents and illustrate their use with clinical examples. Indications for embolization vary widely and include treatment of tumors, occlusion of aneurysms and arteriovenous malfiormations, and the management of acute hemorrhage. By the end of this chapter, the reader will be familiar with the properties of the embolic agents available to the interventional radiologist and have a basic understanding of which ones are appropriate to achieve specific clinical goals.

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