Fluoroscopic Radiation Burn After Embolization of a Spinal Arteriovenous Malformation

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Fluoroscopic radiation burns are being reported with increasing frequency because of the rise in number and duration of procedures performed under fluoroscopic guidance. We report a fluoroscopic radiation burn to a patient's back after three separate attempts to embolize a symptomatic spinal arteriovenous malformation, requiring fasciocutaneous flaps to ultimately close the wound. Risk factors, physiology, and modifications to decrease fluoroscopic radiation burns are discussed.

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