Postembolization Change in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Contrast Enhancement of Meningiomas Is a Better Predictor of Intraoperative Blood Loss Than Angiography.
BACKGROUND: Preoperative embolization of meningiomas to reduce tumor vascularity and intraoperative blood loss remains controversial. Incomplete devascularization on angiography is not significantly correlated with intraoperative estimated blood loss (EBL). Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may provide a better assessment of devascularization and prediction of EBL.
METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed patients undergoing preoperative embolization for intracranial meningiomas. Cohorts based on postembolization devascularization (>50% vs. ≤50%) were compared.
RESULTS: Of 84 patients with meningioma undergoing preoperative embolization, 35 (42%) had a postembolization MRI before resection and met study inclusion criteria. The mean tumor diameter was 4.9 ± 1.3 cm, and mean intraoperative EBL was 576 ± 341 mL. Compared with MRI, angiography overestimated devascularization in 22 patients (63%). Using pre- versus postembolization MRIs, 17 (49%) patients had a >50% decrease in enhancement, which was associated with lower mean intraoperative blood loss (444 ± 255 mL) compared with 17 patients with ≤50% devascularization (700 ± 374 mL) (P = 0.03). On angiography, the 22 (63%) patients who demonstrated >50% devascularization during embolization did not statistically differ in intraoperative EBL when compared with 13 (37%) patients with500 mL blood intraoperatively during resection (95% confidence interval 1.6-54, P = 0.01).
CONCLUSIONS: Postembolization contrast-enhanced MRI is a better predictor of intraoperative blood loss during meningioma resection than postembolization angiography, which overestimates the degree of embolic devascularization. Postembolization preoperative MRI is warranted for optimal patient management.
Medical Subject Headings
Angiography; Blood Loss, Surgical; Contrast Media; Embolization, Therapeutic; Female; Humans; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Male; Meningeal Neoplasms; Meningioma; Middle Aged; Preoperative Care; Retrospective Studies
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Catapano, Joshua S; Whiting, Alexander C; Mezher, Andrew W; Przybylowski, Colin J; See, Alfred P; Labib, Mohamed A; Fredrickson, Vance L; Cavalcanti, Daniel D; Lawton, Michael T.; Ducruet, Andrew F.; Albuquerque, Felipe C.; and Sanai, Nader, "Postembolization Change in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Contrast Enhancement of Meningiomas Is a Better Predictor of Intraoperative Blood Loss Than Angiography." (2020). Neurosurgery Articles. 565.