Sclerotherapy is a type of therapy administered to patients who suffer from blood diseases such as spider veins, smaller varicose veins, and hydroceles.in this therapy, sodium tetradecyl sulfate, or polidocanol which is mixed with carbon dioxide and injected into the blood vessels (a, 1996). It works by shrinking the vessel and enabling the body to absorb it completely
Sclerotherapy has been used for approximately one hundred and fifty years now, and the first time this process experimented on someone was when D Zollicoffer who injected acid into a blood vessel to induce thrombus formation. The first successfully recorded therapy, however, was in 1853. It started catching on in 1854 when Desgranges injected 16 people with iodine and tannin and cured them (Beiko, 2003). This type of treatment was abandoned in 1894 due to the several side effects that were associated with it and stripped becoming the better-preferred mode of therapy. The next time this was used widely was in the 1960’s when George Fagan treated over 13,000 people and also in the 1980’s when duplex ultrasonography was introduced (Whiteley MS, 2014).
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