Ethanol sclerotherapy for treatment of venous malformations of face and neck— a single centre experience

Ethanol sclerotherapy for treatment of venous malformations of face and neck— a single centre... Due to complicated anatomy of the face and neck, complete surgical excision of venous malformation is rarely possible and may lead to bleeding, nerve damage and cosmetic deformity. Sclerotherapy is an alternative method of treatment with few complications. Ethanol shows the lowest rate of malformation recurrence and is the most reliable substance of all of the sclerosing agents. This study aims to evaluate the efficacy of ethanol instillation in venous malformation of the face and neck. Between July 20, 2008, to December 30, 2009, 15 patients with venous malformation of the face and neck were included in the study. After confirmation of diagnosis (combination of history, physical findings and magnetic resonance imaging), percutaneous ethanol (99.5% ethyl alcohol) sclerotherapy was used under DSA road mapping using general anaesthesia. Sclerotherapy provided significant improvement of symptoms for all patients, with no major complications. All patients experienced pain and swelling to a variable degree in the immediate post procedure period that resolved over few days. Ethanol sclerotherapy for venous malformations of the face and neck is a safe and effective treatment option. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

Ethanol sclerotherapy for treatment of venous malformations of face and neck— a single centre experience

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Plastic Surgery
ISSN
0930-343X
eISSN
1435-0130
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00238-011-0626-6
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Abstract

Due to complicated anatomy of the face and neck, complete surgical excision of venous malformation is rarely possible and may lead to bleeding, nerve damage and cosmetic deformity. Sclerotherapy is an alternative method of treatment with few complications. Ethanol shows the lowest rate of malformation recurrence and is the most reliable substance of all of the sclerosing agents. This study aims to evaluate the efficacy of ethanol instillation in venous malformation of the face and neck. Between July 20, 2008, to December 30, 2009, 15 patients with venous malformation of the face and neck were included in the study. After confirmation of diagnosis (combination of history, physical findings and magnetic resonance imaging), percutaneous ethanol (99.5% ethyl alcohol) sclerotherapy was used under DSA road mapping using general anaesthesia. Sclerotherapy provided significant improvement of symptoms for all patients, with no major complications. All patients experienced pain and swelling to a variable degree in the immediate post procedure period that resolved over few days. Ethanol sclerotherapy for venous malformations of the face and neck is a safe and effective treatment option.

Journal

European Journal of Plastic SurgerySpringer Journals

Published: May 1, 2012

References

  • Sclerotherapy for venous malformations
    Lorimier, AA

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