Selective arterial embolization in the treatment of aneurysmal bone cyst and angioma of bone

R. De Cristofaro, R. Biagini, S. Boriani, S. Ricci, P. Ruggieri, G. Rossi, N. Fabbri, R. Roversi

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Nineteen aneurysmal bone cysts and five angiomas of bone were treated by selective arterial embolization. The median follow-up was 22 months. In 17 patients healing occurred with complete relief of symptoms; in 11 of these almost complete ossification of the lesion resulted. In the remaining cases, little or no ossification was apparent but ossification may take 1 year or more to occur. No recurrence was observed in any of these cases. Recurrence occurred only in two cases. In one, growth of the recurrence stopped after a second embolization, and the X-rays showed no change. Selective arterial embolization represents a treatment of choice in aneurysmal bone cyst and angioma of bone especially of the spine, sacrum, or pelvis. In these sites embolization replaces surgery which might be hazardous due to intraoperative bleeding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-527
Number of pages5
JournalSkeletal Radiology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1992


  • Aneurysmal bone cyst
  • Angioma of bone
  • Interventional radiology
  • Selective arterial embolization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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