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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.


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