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1. the process or condition of becoming an embolus.
2. therapeutic introduction of a substance into a vessel in order to occlude it.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. The formation and release of an embolus into the circulation.
2. Therapeutic introduction of various substances into the circulation to occlude vessels, either to arrest or prevent hemorrhaging, to devitalize a structure, tumor, or organ by occluding its blood supply, or to reduce blood flow to an arteriovenous malformation.
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Therapeutics The blocking of an artery by a clot or foreign material, to prevent blood flow to a tumor
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1. The formation and release of an embolus into the circulation.
2. Therapeutic introduction of various substances into the circulation to occlude vessels, either to arrest or prevent hemorrhaging or to devitalize a structure or organ by occluding its blood supply.
Synonym(s): embolisation.
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A technique to stop or prevent hemorrhage by introducing a foreign mass, such as an air-filled membrane (balloon), into a blood vessel to block the flow of blood.
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Patient discussion about embolization

Q. Does anyone have any experience or suggestions regarding aerobic exercise post DVT and/or PE?

A. drink a lot of water and be aware. if you take your meds i think there shouldn't be a problem, but i strongly recommend asking your physician about it. he knows you and the problem and can give you a much much better answer.

Q. What is the differential diagnosis of chest pain in a 35 year old woman? I am a 35 years old woman. I suffer from chest pain for about 24 hours. I just came back from a trip to Europe, and i feel really bad. I smoke and I take anti contraceptive and i know that I am at a risk for pulmonary embolism or costochondritis. Cat it be something else?

A. The differential diagnosis of chest pain is very wide.
It can start in costochondritis if u carried a lot of luggage or might be pulmonary embolism if you didn't move from the chair all the flight. But it can also be a sign for an acute coronary syndrome (even at the age of 35) or a pericarditis. To be sure you need to consult with your GP.

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12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Aspirin therapy can improve liver function and survival in patients who have received chemoembolization or transarterial embolization for hepatocellular carcinoma, according to a study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
The aim of this study is to demonstrate the importance of early PTAE procedure in children with intra-abdominal hemorrhage due to blunt trauma, and show that embolization of damaged arteries detected during this procedure is very effective.
On the other hand, surgical ligation of the fistula should only be preserved in those patients who did not achieve detumescence after selective arterial embolization due to its inevitable side effects, including residual erectile dysfunction (as high as 50%), penile gangrene, cavernosal abscess, and gluteal ischemia.
Medical therapies company Shape Memory Medical Inc reported on Tuesday the receipt of the 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its IMPEDE-FX Embolization Plug for peripheral embolization applications.
Midterm Results of Uterine Artery Embolization Using Narrow-Size Calibrated Embozene Microspheres https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20953610.
Patients in the control group were given interventional embolization three days after admission, while patients in the observation group were given interventional embolization within three days after admission.
Among them, two patients received one-stage hybrid operation with transvenous embolization using DP-SDV technique.
However, the idea of using gastric artery embolization to treat obesity is new, and clinical trials are currently evaluating its safety and effectiveness for such a purpose.
In the video, she demonstrates a variety of interventions, including the use of a preoperative gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GNRH) agonist and immediate perioperative radial artery-uterine artery embolization. Intraoperative techniques include use of ureteral stents and securing the uterine arteries at their origins.
Hemostasis of hemorrhaging pelvic arteries via transcatheter arterial embolization is an established technique within the setting of pelvic fractures.
However, in the past two decades, selective arterial embolization (SAE) has been used as the first-line treatment option in patients presenting with acute bleeding as well as prophylactically to prevent future bleeding complications [3, 6].
In the last decade, a new interventional radiology endovascular procedure called prostatic artery embolization (PAE) has been introduced for the treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms related to BPH.