Embolization of left renal cell carcinoma prior to surgical removal. Ken U. Ekechukwu, MD, MPH, FACP.

Some tumors like renal cell carcinoma are very vascular and their surgical resection can be bloody. Some surgeons electively embolize such tumors before surgery to reduce intra-operative bleeding. 

This patient had carcinoma of his left kidney and I embolized it with dry alcohol and gel-foam before it was removed the next day. The first image is a contrast-enhanced transverse CT scan of the tumor showing a large deformed left kidney and the second image, angiogram of the tumor before I embolized it. The third image is angiogram of the left renal artery after embolization showing lack of opacification of the kidney.

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