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The best treatment for the malformation seems to be embolization rather than surgery.


In embolization the surgeons thread a small catheter, or tube, into an artery (femoral) up to the site of the malformation. With the catheter in place, the doctors insert a substance that blocks the blood flow through the malformation and forms a clot that closes it off.

The embolization treatment may require several procedures to gradually close off the blood flow. However, when it is completed successfully, patients usually do very well.

Last UpdateAugust 28, 2012