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Use of an Elongated Radiopaque Gelatin Sponge Plug for Tract Occlusion After Hepatic Interventions 

Use of an Elongated Radiopaque Gelatin Sponge Plug for Tract Occlusion After Hepatic Interventions
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Use of an Elongated Radiopaque Gelatin Sponge Plug for Tract Occlusion After Hepatic Interventions
Author(s):

Sam McCabe

, Christopher Harnain

, and Grigory Rozenblit

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199986071.003.0088
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date: 29 January 2020

This chapter describes the use of an elongated radiopaque gelatin sponge plug for tract occlusion after percutaneous biliary, portal venous, or hepatic venous access or intervention. Often, embolization coils or a gelatin sponge “slurry” is sufficient for hemostasis following liver intervention. This technique offers an inexpensive, temporary, and readily available option for achieving hemostasis following liver interventions. A contrast-soaked Gelfoam plug is loaded into a delivery cylinder that is advanced into the access sheath and positioned and deployed under fluoroscopic guidance. This technique is an alternative option to the use of embolization coils or a gelatin sponge slurry when seeking hepatic parenchymal tract hemostasis following intervention.

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