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Although a positive relationship was demonstrated, the authors do not mean to imply that proximal embolization of the IIA is a viable alternative for prostatic artery embolization. The study serves to demonstrate that prostate size and symptoms due to BPH have a relationship with pelvic blood flow, and helps lay the groundwork on which further trials of prostatic artery embolization will be based.
Citation: Deipolyi, A. R., Al-Ansari, S., Khademhosseini, A. & Oklu, R. Occlusion of the Internal Iliac Artery Is Associated with Smaller Prostate and Decreased Urinary Tract Symptoms. Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (2015). doi:10.1016/j.jvir.2015.04.019
Post author: Andre Uflacker MD, Fellow in Vascular and Interventional Radiology, University of Virginia