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Performance of endovenous foam sclerotherapy in the USA. Phlebology 2012 Mar;27(2):59-66



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2-s2.0-84856882295   10 Citations


PURPOSE: To assess practice patterns of endovenous foam sclerotherapy (EFS) use in the USA.

METHODS: A multidisciplinary panel of US experts was convened and developed a questionnaire to assess use of EFS. US attendees at the American College of Phlebology 2009 Annual Congress were asked to complete the questionnaire.

RESULTS: Of 776 questionnaires distributed, 239 were completed (31%). The majority of respondents (87%) reported using EFS for the treatment of venous disorders. Foam sclerotherapy was used by a wide variety of specialists in every region of the USA. The most common indication was sclerosis of recurrent truncal or tributary veins of the leg. There was variation among practitioners in the indications for use, pre- and postprocedural evaluation and procedure methodology.

CONCLUSIONS: The results of this questionnaire show widespread usage of EFS and are important in the development of national quality improvement guidelines for the performance of EFS.

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Rathbun S, Norris A, Morrison N, Gibson K, Hohenwalter E, Lohr J, Raymond-Martimbeau P, Worthington-Kirsch R, Stoner J


Eric J. Hohenwalter MD Chief, Professor in the Radiology department at Medical College of Wisconsin

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Congresses as Topic
Endovascular Procedures
Surveys and Questionnaires
United States
Varicose Veins
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