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Interventional Radiology - Original Article
Analysis of weight changes after left gastric artery embolization in a cancer-naïve population
1 Division of Interventional Radiology, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, USA  
2 Division of Biostatistics and Department of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, St. Louis, USA  
3 Division of Interventional Radiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA  
4 Division of Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiology, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA  
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Abstract

Purpose: To evaluate weight changes after left gastric artery (LGA) embolization in a retrospective cancer-naïve cohort.

 

Methods: An IRB approved retrospective study was conducted to identify patients who underwent LGA embolization for gastrointestinal bleeding (GI). Patients with known cancer diagnoses at the time of LGA embolization were excluded. Pre- and post-procedure weights were assessed. Statistical analysis was performed using paired t-test and Wilcoxon signed-rank test.

 

Results: 39 patients were identified. In 21 patients who had documented pre- and post-procedural weights, a median of 16.3kg weight loss (p=0.045) was observed over a median time of 12 months (range, 2-72). In patients who had pre and post-procedure endoscopies (n=6), 2 had worsening ulcers post LGA embolization and 4 had stable or no abnormal findings.

 

 

Conclusion: Our preliminary observation suggests that LGA embolization is well tolerated and results in unintended weight loss. Larger studies are needed to confirm these preliminary findings.

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