𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐳𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐢𝐥𝐬?
These are tiny loops of soft metal, typically made of platinum. The purpose of a coil is to block the flow of blood 🩸
They come in different size loops, lengths, and strengths depending on the vessel being deployed in. These coils are specially packed in a tiny tube and come out of the catheter tip to allow for proper placement.
⚠️ Appropriate sizing is essential to make sure they have a nice fit in their new home, your blood vessel 🙃
𝗪𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐝? These coils are used to close certain type of aneurysms in the brain and body, stop bleeding, help with tumor treatment, and other more specialized procedures such as varicocele and pelvic congestion treatment.
𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐳𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧? The blockage of blood flow is termed embolization.
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐝𝐨𝐧𝐞? Through a small nick in the skin in the groin, neck or wrist, a tiny catheter is guided under X-rays into the blood vessel of interest where the coils are deployed.
𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐲𝐩𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞? Liquids, foam, plugs, coils, spherical, non-spherical particles can be used for embolizations depending on the situation.
𝐌𝐚𝐣𝐨𝐫 𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐤 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐧-𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐳𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. This occurs when embolic material goes into unintended vessels 🚨For example, if the coil is not fitted or placed properly it can dislodge and fly down the leg or into other organs 😳while in some situation this can be corrected, proper technique and planning can prevent this from ever happening 😎
Make sure to seek out a Vascular & Interventional Radiologist who is experienced in embolization techniques.
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