We assessed the clinical value of preoperative embolisation of the dural branches of the internal carotid artery (ICA) in cases of petroclival meningioma was evaluated. We carried out preoperative selective embolisation on seven consecutive patients with large petroclival meningiomas, using nonbraided 2 F steam-shaped microcatheters and shapeable hydrophilic microguide-wires to enter the dural branches of the ICA. The embolisations were performed using digital subtraction fluoroscopy with 150-250 microm polyvinyl alcohol particles. The tumours were resected a few days after embolisation. We reviewed angiographic findings before and after endovascular devascularisation, blood loss during tumour resection and clinical outcome. All endovascular procedures were technically successful, and postembolisation angiography showed disappearance of or marked decrease in tumour stain in all cases. Intraoperative bleeding was easily controlled, and intraoperative blood loss was low.