Consolidation of hepatic arterial inflow by embolization of variant hepatic arteries in preparation for yttrium-90 radioembolization

Mohamed H.K. Abdelmaksoud, John D. Louie, Nishita Kothary, Gloria L. Hwang, William T. Kuo, Lawrence V. Hofmann, David M. Hovsepian, Daniel Y. Sze

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Purpose: Before yttrium-90 (90Y) radioembolization administration, the authors consolidated arterial inflow by embolizing variant hepatic arteries (HAs) to make microsphere delivery simpler and safer. The present study reviews the technical and clinical success of these consolidation procedures. Materials and Methods: Preparatory and treatment angiograms were retrospectively analyzed for 201 patients. Variant HAs were coil-embolized during preparatory angiography to simplify arterial anatomy. Collateral arterial perfusion of territories previously supplied by variant HAs was evaluated by digital subtraction angiography (DSA), C-arm computed tomography (CT), and technetium-99m (99mTc)macroaggregated albumin (MAA) scintigraphy, and by follow-up evaluation of regional tumor response. Results: A total of 47 variant HAs were embolized in 43 patients. After embolization of variant HAs, cross-perfusion into the embolized territory was depicted by DSA and by C-arm CT in 100% of patients and by 99mTc-MAA scintigraphy in 92.7%. Uniform progressive disease prevented evaluation in 33% of patients, but regional tumor response in patients who responded supported successful delivery of microspheres to the embolized territories in 95.5% of evaluable patients. Conclusions: Embolization of variant HAs for consolidation of hepatic supply in preparation for 90Y radioembolization promotes treatment of affected territories via intrahepatic collateral channels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1364-1371.e1
JournalJournal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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