Radioembolization complicated by nontarget embolization to the falciform artery

Sheetal M. Bhalani, Robert J. Lewandowski

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The most common application of radioembolization is in the treatment of primary and secondary liver tumors, and the most common radioisotope is Yttrium-90. This form of treatment has proven to be successful in achieving reduction of tumor size and ultimately improving survival. Fatigue and nausea/vomiting are the most common side effects related to radioembolization and are usually self-limiting. This report describes a case of abdominal pain caused by shunting of yttrium-90 microspheres to the anterior abdominal wall via a patent hepatic falciform artery. This case highlights the need for vigilant angiography and awareness of the falciform artery with prophylactic embolization when necessary/warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)234-239
Number of pages6
JournalSeminars in Interventional Radiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2011


  • Radioembolization
  • falciform artery
  • yttrium-90

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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