Embolization means introducing a foreign substance into a blood vessel to stop the flow of blood. The foreign substances can be wire coils, small beads made of polyvinyl alcohol, or even very strong glue. Blocking blood flow to a particular tissue can be useful in treating many diseases such as vascular malformations, aneurysms, life-threatening internal bleeding or as an adjuvant to surgery to minimize blood loss during an operation.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is an embolization performed in children?
Will my child feel any pain during an embolization procedure?
How long does an embolization procedure in children take?
Will my child be awake for the embolization procedure?
What risks are associated with an embolization procedure in children?
How do my child and I prepare for the embolization procedure?
What should we expect after an embolization procedure in children?
When can my child bathe after an embolization procedure?
When can my child resume normal activity after an embolization procedure?
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Children�s National interventional radiologists perform a full range of minimally invasive, image-guided procedures to both diagnose and treat disease in infants, children, and adolescents.