PAVM embolization: an update

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2010 Oct;195(4):837-45. doi: 10.2214/AJR.10.5230.


Objective: Pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs) are most often associated with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia. Untreated, they represent a serious threat due to paradoxical embolization that may manifest as stroke or brain abscess. PAVM treatment is challenging even in the most experienced hands.

Conclusion: Fortunately, new tools and techniques are emerging that may improve the outcomes associated with embolization and reduce some of the risks associated with treating these high-flow lesions. New trends in overall PAVM management are also developing.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arteriovenous Malformations / physiopathology
  • Arteriovenous Malformations / therapy*
  • Embolization, Therapeutic* / methods
  • Humans
  • Pulmonary Artery / abnormalities*
  • Pulmonary Veins / abnormalities*