AMA CPT® Assistant - 1998 Issue 9 (September)

Nonneuroembolization (September 1998)

September 1998 pages 1-3 Nonneuroembolization Nonneuroembolization refers to therapeutic occlusion of arteries or veins. Materials can be delivered through small catheters (as small as 1 mm or 3 French), to temporarily or permanently stop flow to the area supplied by a blood vessel. Common indications for embolization include life-threatening bleeding in the lungs, gastrointestinal tract, or pelvis. In addition, abnormal arteries, veins or a combination of both (arteriovenous malformations or AVM's) can be treated with embolotherapy. Finally, the blood supply to tumors can be embolized in patients that are not candidates for surgical resection or in patients with tumors...

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