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Healing and recurrence rates following ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy of superficial venous reflux in patients with chronic venous ulceration.
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PMID:  20875753     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To determine healing and recurrence rates following ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy (UGFS) of superficial venous reflux (SVR) in patients with healed (clinical, etiologic, anatomic and pathophysiologic (CEAP) classification, C5) and open (C6) chronic venous ulceration (CVU).
METHODS: Between 1 March 2005 and 31 December 2009, 130 consecutive patients (132 limbs, 49 CEAP C5, 83 C6) of median age 70 (interquartile range (IQR) 56-76) years underwent UGFS as part of their treatment for CVU.
RESULTS: The median (IQR) follow-up time was 16 (12-32) months. One C6 patient moved abroad 1 week after UGFS and was lost to follow-up. Healing was observed in 67/82 (82%) remaining C6 patients at a median (IQR) of 1 (1-2) month following their first UGFS treatment. In 49 limbs originally treated for C5 disease, and in 67 limbs treated for C6 that healed following UGFS, there were five recurrent ulcers during the follow-up period, giving a 4.9% Kaplan-Meier estimate of recurrence at 2 years. In legs treated for C6 and C5 disease, the median (IQR) ulcer-free periods were 22 (IQR 9-32) and 14 (IQR 8-36) months, respectively.
DISCUSSION: Healing rates following UGFS for CVU are comparable to those reported after surgery but recurrence may be lower. UGFS is a safe, clinically effective and, thus, highly attractive minimally invasive alternative to surgery in patients with C5 and C6 disease.
K H Pang; G R Bate; K A L Darvall; D J Adam; A W Bradbury
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-09-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of vascular and endovascular surgery : the official journal of the European Society for Vascular Surgery     Volume:  40     ISSN:  1532-2165     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-29     Completed Date:  2011-01-07     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9512728     Medline TA:  Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  790-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2010. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Birmingham University, Department of Vascular Surgery, Heart of England Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Chronic Disease
Databases as Topic
Kaplan-Meier Estimate
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies
Sclerosing Solutions / therapeutic use*
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome
Ultrasonography, Interventional*
Varicose Ulcer / pathology,  therapy*,  ultrasonography
Venous Insufficiency / pathology,  therapy*,  ultrasonography
Wound Healing*
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0/Sclerosing Solutions

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