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Front. Neurol., 17 October 2011 |

Endovascular embolization of head and neck tumors

Marc A. Lazzaro1, Aamir Badruddin1,2, Osama O. Zaidat1,3,4, Ziad Darkhabani1, Dhruvil J. Pandya1 and John R. Lynch1,3,4*
  • 1 Department of Neurology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA
  • 2 Daniel M. Soref Clinical Neuroscience Fellow at Froedtert Hospital, Froedtert Hospital/Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA
  • 3 Department of Radiology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA
  • 4 Department of Neurosurgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA

Endovascular tumor embolization as adjunctive therapy for head and neck cancers is evolving and has become an important part of the tools available for their treatment. Careful study of tumor vascular anatomy and adhering to general principles of intra-arterial therapy can prove this approach to be effective and safe. Various embolic materials are available and can be suited for a given tumor and its vascular supply. This article aims to summarize current methods and agents used in endovascular head and neck tumor embolization and discuss important angiographic and treatment characteristics of selected common head and neck tumors.

Keywords: coil, liquid embolic, vascular tumors, neuroendovascular

Citation: Lazzaro MA, Badruddin A, Zaidat OO, Darkhabani Z Pandya DJ and Lynch JR (2011) Endovascular embolization of head and neck tumors. Front. Neur. 2:64. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2011.00064

Received: 11 July 2011; Accepted: 19 September 2011;
Published online: 17 October 2011.

Edited by:

Syed I. Hussain, Michigan State University, USA

Reviewed by:

Johanna Fifi, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA
Sushant Kale, Southern Illinois University, USA

Copyright: © 2011 Lazzaro, Badruddin, Zaidat, Darkhabani, Pandya and Lynch. This is an open-access article subject to a non-exclusive license between the authors and Frontiers Media SA, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in other forums, provided the original authors and source are credited and other Frontiers conditions are complied with.

*Correspondence: John R. Lynch, Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital West, 9200 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53226, USA. e-mail: