Hemorrhagic complications in embolization of a meningioma: case report and review of the literature

Neuroradiology. 1997 Dec;39(12):877-80. doi: 10.1007/s002340050526.


We report a case of hemorrhage in a parasellar meningioma shortly after embolization of the dural cavernous carotid artery branches supplying the tumor. This represents the first report of hemorrhage within a meningioma resulting from embolization with small (50 to 150-microns) polyvinyl alcohol particles, as well as the first reported case of hemorrhage complicating meningioma embolization from internal rather than external carotid artery branch embolization. We also review previously reported cases of postembolization hemorrhage from meningiomas.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Angiography, Digital Subtraction
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage / etiology*
  • Embolization, Therapeutic / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Meningeal Neoplasms / surgery
  • Meningeal Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Meningioma / surgery
  • Meningioma / therapy*
  • Middle Aged
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


  • Polyvinyl Alcohol