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In vivo evaluation of iophendylate-cyanoacrylate mixtures.

Cyanoacrylate glue is a rapidly polymerizing agent used for vascular embolization. Polymerization occurs when the glue comes into contact with ions in the blood or on the vascular endothelium. Mixing iophendylate with cyanoacrylate causes slowing of polymerization, allowing flow-directed embolization into the nidus of an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) or the central neovascularity of a tumor or hemangioma. The authors attempted to define the relationship between the iophendylate-glue ratio and polymerization time with an in vivo swine model. In this model, glue setup occurred much more rapidly than predicted on the basis of in vitro studies. This appeared to be due to glue polymerizing on the endothelium at vessel bifurcations and at areas of acute angulation or marked vessel narrowing. On the basis of these data, the authors substantially increased the iophendylate-glue ratio in their most recent AVM embolization procedures and achieved nidus occlusion in each case. With use of the authors' guidelines, it is possible to achieve optimal distal flow-directed embolization with cyanoacrylate.[1]


  1. In vivo evaluation of iophendylate-cyanoacrylate mixtures. Widlus, D.M., Lammert, G.K., Brant, A., Tsue, T., Samphillipo, M.A., Magee, C., Starr, F.L., Anderson, J.H., White, R.I. Radiology. (1992) [Pubmed]
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