Tumors of the head and neck may have abundant arterial blood supply. Such tumors can be difficult to remove surgically without incurring significant blood loss. Using angiographic techniques, it is possible to inject the arteries which feed a tumor with a substance that closes the vessels prior to surgery. This process, called tumor embolization is performed by the neurointerventional doctors at Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.
Tumor embolization is performed in the neurointerventional suite while a patient is under anesthesia. First, a diagnostic angiogram of the tumor area is performed. Once the site of tumor is identified, a microcatheter is advanced to the tumor and particles or a pharmaceutical glue is injected to permanently close the blood vessels of the tumor. Surgical removal of the tumor is usually performed by a ENT or neurosurgeon the following day.
These x-ray images of the side of the head demonstrate a benign tumor of the surface of the brain. This meningioma, circled in red, has a rich blood supply from an external carotid artery branch, and is easily embolized by neurointerventional techniques.
We are located at Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, on the Country Club Plaza.
Appointments are made by Jessica Kelsey, RN. She may be reached by telephone Monday through Friday 8 to 5 at (816) 932-2549.
New patients should be referred by their primary care physician, neurologist, ophthalmologist or neurosurgeon. On the first visit, patients should be prepared to bring medical records, a referral letter, and X-rays and scans.
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Department of Radiology, A Level
4401 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64111
Records and correspondence may be faxed to (816) 932-5753.
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