Pre-operative embolization of auricular arteriovenous fistula

J Laryngol Otol. 2002 Jan;116(1):42-5. doi: 10.1258/0022215021910104.


Treatment of auricular arteriovenous fistula (AVF) is a challenge with surgery being the preferred option until now. We present three cases of auricular AVFs who underwent pre-operative embolization and its outcome on surgery. Three patients were diagnosed to have auricular AVF by angiography. All three patients underwent pre-operative embolization with n-butyl 2-cyanoacrylate after which they underwent surgical resection of the AVF. Pre-operative embolization resulted in significant devascularization of the AVF thus leading to near bloodless and clean surgery. Pre-operative embolization of auricular AVFs is a good treatment option, leading to significantly reduced blood loss during surgical excision.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arteriovenous Fistula / therapy*
  • Ear / blood supply*
  • Embolization, Therapeutic / methods*
  • Enbucrilate / analogs & derivatives*
  • Enbucrilate / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Preoperative Care
  • Tissue Adhesives / therapeutic use*


  • Tissue Adhesives
  • Enbucrilate