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Is ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy accurate/safe in treating small reticular veins on the surface or does it often shoot off into the great saphenous vein during this procedure? This has happened to me and I am worried about the implications.
Foam sclerotherapy can migrate into the saphenous vein and even into the deep venous system. However, by the time it reaches these veins it is usually diluted so as not to have an effect. I have seen localized areas of saphenous vein phlebitis following foam sclerotherapy but these are very infrequent. I have not seen any DVT following foam sclerotherapy. If foam should migrate into the saphenous vein and cause a symptom, the treatment is usually warm compresses and and anti-infalmmatory agent. Following this the area of inflammation will either completely resolve or become narrow. I have also seen patients who have been having sclerotherapy for years and,in doing a venous ultrasound of the saphenous vein, I have found the vein to be chronically narrow and hard to compress.