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Head, Neck & Spine Tumors

Head, neck and spine tumors can sometimes have a large number of blood vessels. This can make a surgical procedure to remove the tumor quite challenging. A pre-operative embolization is commonly recommended to decrease the blood flow going to the tumor and to decrease the blood loss during surgery for removal of the tumor.

JNA_EmbolizationBeforeAfter

Imaging before and after embolization of a JNA tumor. Notice the decrease in blood vessels to the tumor.

Embolization is an endovascular approach used by Dr. Lopes to block blood vessels that nourish a tumor. Liquid embolic agents are the most common materials used to block the blood vessels inside the tumor.

Types of tumors in these areas include:

  • Juvenile Nasopharyngeal Angiofibroma (JNA)
  • Glomus Jugulare Tumor
  • Carotid Body Tumor
  • Meningiomas
  • Hemangioblastomas
  • Certain types of metastases