Pre-operative Embolization of Primary and Secondary Bone Tumours is Safe and Effective: a Retrospective Study

Nawfal Al-Hadithy, Panagiotis Gikas, Jonathan Perera, Will Aston, Rob Pollock, John Skinner, Kevin Lotzof, Steve Cannon, Tim W. Briggs


Background: The surgical treatment of bone tumours can result in large peri-operative blood loss, due to their large sizes and hypervascularity. Pre-operative embolisation has been successfully used to downgrade vascularity, thus reducing peri-operative blood loss and its associated complications.

Methods: Pre-operative embolisation was successfully undertaken on twenty-six patients with a variety of primary and secondary bone tumours.

Results: Mean blood loss was 796 mL and we experienced no complications.

Conclusion: Pre-operative arterial embolisation of large, richly vascular bone tumours in anatomically difficult positions, is a safe and effective method of downstaging vascularity and reducing blood loss.

World J Oncol. 2011;2(6):319-322


Embolisation; Bone tumours; Blood loss

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