Side Effects of Sclerotherapy

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Sclerotherapy is the umbrella term for use of injections to shut down varicose veins of any size. A number of agents are available for use, but the common factor is inducing an injury reaction in the wall of the injected vein and thereby get it to stop functioning.

The most common side effects experienced with sclerotherapy include:

  1. Itching – if this occurs it is mild and lasts 1 to 2 days
  2. Transient hyperpigmentation – up to 30% of patients undergoing sclerotherapy notice a discoloration (light grown to greenish streaks) for several days to several weeks after injection. This discoloration relates to the breakdown of blood cells in the affected veins. In rare cases the discoloration may persist for as long as 4 to 12 months
  3. Sloughing – this rare side effect occurs in perhaps 1-2% of patients receiving injections, and consists of a small ulceration at the injection site that…

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