Microfoam Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy of Varicose Veins in 100 Legs : Dermatologic Surgery

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Microfoam Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy of Varicose Veins in 100 Legs

BARRETT, JOHN M. FRNZCGP*; ALLEN, BRUCE FRACR*; OCKELFORD, ANNE FRNZCGP*; GOLDMAN, MITCHEL P. MD

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Dermatologic Surgery 30(1):p 6-12, January 2004.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE 

To demonstrate the efficacy of duplex-guided foam sclerotherapy measured against patient symptom relief and quality of life.

METHODS 

An analysis was performed of 100 randomly chosen legs with varicose veins treated with ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy with a mean follow-up of 22.5 months.

RESULTS 

An average number of 2.1 treatments using an average of 8.7 mL of foam sclerosing solution were required to close incompetent varicose veins. Thirty-one percent of leg varicose veins required a second treatment at 3 months; 100% of patients felt that their legs were successfully treated with resolution of all symptoms in 85% and resolution in all varicose veins in 92%.

CONCLUSION 

Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy is effective in treating varicose veins with high patient satisfaction with results and improvement in quality of life.

© 2004 by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Inc.

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