During an embolization procedure, an artificial blockage is deliberately created within a blood vessel. There are many types of embolizations which treat a variety of neurological symptoms and conditions. Neurological embolizations include:

  • aneurysm coil embolization - this procedure is used to treat brain aneurysms. An interventional neuroradiologist will block off the aneurysm by placing soft platinum coils through the catheter into the aneurysm.
  • carotid fistula embolization - this embolization is used to treat carotid-cavernous fistuals by endovascular closure of the fistula.
  • dural AV fistula embolization/brain AVM embolization - this procedure is used to treat rare congenital vascular conditions called AVMs or arteriovenous malformations.
  • meningioma embolization - a process that prevents bleeding from a tumor prior to surgery.
  • nose bleeding embolization - this embolization treats nose bleeds that are persistent enough to be categorized as life threatening.
  • spinal embolization - this procedure is often performed to block blood flow to a spine tumor, arteriovenous malformation (AVM) or other abnormality of the spine after it has been identified by angiography.

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