Technique and role of embolization using ethylene vinyl-alcohol copolymer before carotid body tumor resection

  • Rajiv Thakkar | rthakka1@jhmi.edu Johns Hopkins Medical Insitutions, Baltimore, MD, United States.
  • Umair Qazi Johns Hopkins Medical Insitutions, Baltimore, MD, United States.
  • Young Kim Johns Hopkins Medical Insitutions, Baltimore, MD, United States.
  • Elliot K. Fishman Johns Hopkins Medical Insitutions, Baltimore, MD, United States.
  • Frank J. Veith New York University Medical Center, New York, NY, United States.
  • Mahmoud B. Malas Johns Hopkins Medical Insitutions, Baltimore, MD, United States.

Abstract

A 45-year old female referred for a large carotid body tumor resection. The tumor was encasing the internal (ICA) and external carotid arteries (ECA). She underwent angiogram and embolization of the ascending pharyngeal artery and a distal branch of the ECA using ethylene vinyl-alcohol copolymer (EVOH). Two days later, surgical resection of the tumor with regional lymph node dissection was performed along with an interposition reversed vein graft anastomosis between the mid common carotid and distal ICA. Carotid body tumor devascularization of the tumor can be performed using EVOH delivered through transarterial and percutaneous routes. Embolization may facilitate surgical resection and decrease blood loss but does not decrease the rate of neurological complications. Embolization can be performed by the vascular surgeon before a large carotid body tumor resection with minimal migration and or stroke risk.

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Author Biographies

Rajiv Thakkar, Johns Hopkins Medical Insitutions, Baltimore, MD
Assistant Professor, School of Medicine
Umair Qazi, Johns Hopkins Medical Insitutions, Baltimore, MD
Department of Surgery, School of Medicine.
Young Kim, Johns Hopkins Medical Insitutions, Baltimore, MD
Assistant Professor, School of Medicine
Elliot K. Fishman, Johns Hopkins Medical Insitutions, Baltimore, MD
Professor of Medicine.
Frank J. Veith, New York University Medical Center, New York, NY

Professor, Vascular Surgery

Mahmoud B. Malas, Johns Hopkins Medical Insitutions, Baltimore, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
Published
2014-11-19
Section
Case Reports
Keywords:
embolization, carotid body tumor, ethylene vinyl-alcohol copolymer, Onyx®.
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How to Cite
Thakkar, R., Qazi, U., Kim, Y., Fishman, E., Veith, F., & Malas, M. (2014). Technique and role of embolization using ethylene vinyl-alcohol copolymer before carotid body tumor resection. Clinics and Practice, 4(3). https://doi.org/10.4081/cp.2014.661