Reperfusion of Pulmonary Arteriovenous Malformations after Successful Embolotherapy with Vascular Plugs
Amplatzer vascular plugs (AVPs) are among the embolic agents currently used for occlusion of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs). The authors encountered a patient with multiple PAVMs who developed spontaneous reperfusion of two PAVMs within 7 weeks of initially successful embolization with AVPs. Reperfused PAVMs were effectively occluded by coils deposited proximal to the vascular plugs. AVPs do not provide consistent long-term occlusion of the PAVMs. Deposition of coils proximal to the AVP may decrease the chance of PAVM reperfusion after the embolization.