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glossary:sclerotherapy [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
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|+||The injection of a chemical irritant into a vein to sclerose ("harden") it. The chemical irritates the lining of the vein, causing it to swell and the [[blood]] to clot. The vein turns into scar [[tissue]] that fades from view. Blood flow shifts to nearby healthy [[blood vessels]]. |
|+||Sclerotherapy may be done to treat varicose [[vein]]s, spider veins, hemorrhoids, and esophageal varices. Today the substances most commonly used for sclerotherapy in the United States are hypertonic saline or Sotradecol (sodium tetradecyl sulfate).|