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What is brain tumor embolization?

Some tumors are fed by a network of blood vessels. Surgery on these tumors can be made safer by identifying these feeder vessels. Surgeons may be able to close these feeder vessels in order to prevent bleeding in advance of surgery. To close (embolize) a vessel, your doctor will thread his or her way up to the targeted blood vessel using a catheter. He or she will use the catheter to deliver coils, balloons, stents, or glues to close up the vessel.

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