Microvascular Plug: A New Embolic Material for Hepatic Arterial Skeletonization

Olivier Pellerin, Geert Maleux, Carole Déan, Simon Pernot, Jafar Golzarian, Marc Sapoval

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Arterial skeletonization before radioembolization or hepatic artery port catheter placement for chemotherapy is a crucial step to prevent side effects. Coils are commonly used as an embolic material for hepatoenteric arterial occlusion. Herein is reported for the first time the clinical use of a new detachable microvascular plug (MVP) suitable for occlusion of 1–3 mm diameter vessels. The MVP allows vessel embolization even in challenging anatomy such as the right gastric artery. Furthermore, immediate and stable vessel occlusion was observed in our pilot study of 16 MVP placements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1597-1601
Number of pages5
JournalCardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2014


  • Arterial intervention
  • Chemoembolization
  • Embolization
  • Interventional oncology
  • Radioembolization
  • Transarterial chemoembolization


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