Interventional Radiology - Original Article

Urgent percutaneous transcatheter embolization of hemorrhagic hepatic lesions with N-butyl cyanoacrylate


  • Lucas Moretti Monsignore
  • Sandro Scarpelini
  • José Sebastião Santos
  • Daniel Giansante Abud

Received Date: 04.10.2011 Accepted Date: 10.11.2011 Diagn Interv Radiol 2012;18(4):403-409


To report on our clinical experience with and the success rate and safety of percutaneous transcatheter embolization with N-butyl cyanoacrylate (NBCA) as the lone primary embolic agent used for arterial embolization of hemorrhagic liver lesions.


This retrospective study enrolled all patients who presented to the emergency room with hemorrhagic liver lesions during a two-year period and were treated by percutaneous transcatheter embolization with NBCA.


Eight consecutive patients were evaluated, and 13 lesions were embolized exclusively with NBCA: eight pseudoaneurysms and five active bleeds. All patients were treated successfully using percutaneous transcatheter embolization with NBCA without re-bleedings or major complications.


Percutaneous transcatheter embolization with NBCA is a safe and effective method for treating hemorrhagic lesions.

Keywords: liver , hemorrhage , therapeutic embolization , interventional radiology