alexa Ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy: factors associated with outcomes and complications.


Journal of Vascular Medicine & Surgery

Author(s): Thomasset SC, Butt Z, Liptrot S, Fairbrother BJ, Makhdoomi KR

Abstract Share this page

Abstract OBJECTIVES: In recent years ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy (UGFS) has become an increasingly popular treatment for varicose veins. Although many published series detail the results of UGFS, little is known about the factors which are associated with outcomes and complications. The aim of this study was to identify these factors. DESIGN: A review of a prospectively collected database of UGFS which commenced in July 2007. METHODS: A successful outcome was defined as complete occlusion of the target vein on duplex scanning at follow-up. Eight factors were assessed to determine whether they were associated with outcomes and complications. These factors were age, gender, compliance with post-procedure compression hosiery, previous varicose vein surgery, single or multiple sites of injection, concentration of sclerosant, volume of sclerosant and pre-procedure severity score. RESULTS: Between July 2007 and July 2009, a total of 126 patients (60 men, 66 women) attended follow-up visits and had a post-procedure duplex scan. Targets for UGFS included the great saphenous vein (n = 75), small saphenous vein (n = 13) and anterior accessory great saphenous vein (n = 8). The remainder of procedures involved other veins or more than a single target vein. The median timing of follow-up was 3 months (range 1.5-14 months) with duplex scans revealing complete occlusion of the target vein in 79\% of patients. The only factor associated with a successful outcome was compliance with post-procedure compression hosiery (p < 0.05). The most frequently encountered complications following UGFS were skin staining (28\%), superficial thrombophlebitis (18\%) and pain (14\%). The only factor associated with post-UGFS complications was female gender (p < 0.05). When complications were analysed in isolation female gender was also significantly associated with skin staining (p < 0.05), but no other complication. CONCLUSIONS: These data suggest that compliance with post-procedure compression hosiery and gender are important factors associated with a successful outcome and reported complications following UGFS, respectively. Copyright 2010 European Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This article was published in Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg and referenced in Journal of Vascular Medicine & Surgery

Relevant Expert PPTs

Relevant Speaker PPTs

  • Khalil Khanafer
    PPT Version | PDF Version
  • Mehmet Ozler
    “Mehmet Ozler-Gulhane-Military-Medical-Academy-Ankara-Turkey-Pinealectomy-Initiates-the-Oxidative-Stress-Response-in-Brain-Tissue-of-Rats-Subject-to-Abdominal-Surgery”
    PPT Version | PDF Version
  • Manuela Stoicescu
    The real cause of a patient with abdominal pain
    PPT Version | PDF Version
  • Zamaneh Kassiri
    Loss of tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-3 (Timp3) leads to abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)
    PDF Version
  • Fulvia Seccareccia
    Transcatheter aortic valve implantation versus surgical aortic valve replacement for severe aortic stenosis: Results from an intermediate risk propensity-matched population of the Italian OBSERVANT Study
    PDF Version
  • Janardhana Rao Babburi
    An unusual case of LV Myxoma extending through Aortic Valve presented with Antero Septal Myocardial Infarction
    PDF Version

Relevant Topics

Peer Reviewed Journals
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

Agri & Aquaculture Journals

Dr. Krish

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9040

Biochemistry Journals

Datta A

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9037

Business & Management Journals


1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Chemistry Journals

Gabriel Shaw

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9040

Clinical Journals

Datta A

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9037

Engineering Journals

James Franklin

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Food & Nutrition Journals

Katie Wilson

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

General Science

Andrea Jason

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9043

Genetics & Molecular Biology Journals

Anna Melissa

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9006

Immunology & Microbiology Journals

David Gorantl

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9014

Materials Science Journals

Rachle Green

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Nursing & Health Care Journals

Stephanie Skinner

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Medical Journals

Nimmi Anna

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9038

Neuroscience & Psychology Journals

Nathan T

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9041

Pharmaceutical Sciences Journals

Ann Jose

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9007

Social & Political Science Journals

Steve Harry

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

© 2008- 2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version