Venous sclerotherapy is a procedure used to treat venous malformations. Venous malformations are made up of extra veins that have no use and cause problems. This page explains about venous sclerotherapy, why it might be suggested and what to expect when your child comes to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for the procedure.
What happens before venous sclerotherapy?
What does the sclerotherapy involve?
Are there any risks?
Are there any alternatives?
What happens afterwards?
- Your child is in a lot of pain and pain relief does not seem to help
- The skin near the treated area is blistered or blackened or the skin becomes sore
- Your child complains of numbness or ‘pins and needles’ near the treated area or there are signs of muscle weakness or spasm
- The treated area is unusually hot, red and painful and your child is general unwell with a high temperature or not eating or drinking as usual
What happens next?
Please note this is a generic GOSH information sheet. If you have specific questions about how this relates to your child, please ask your doctor. Please note this information may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals.