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Acta Phlebologica 2002 April;3(1):35-7


Sclerotherapy of the saphe­no-femo­ral junc­tion. A ­duplex eval­u­a­tion

Ferrara F. 1, Berbach H. R. 2

1 Acerra (Napoli), I;
2 Lugano, Switzerland

BACKGROUNDS: The aim was to eval­u­ate, ­using a Duplex, the ­results of com­pres­sion scle­ro­ther­a­py of the saphe­no-femo­ral junc­tion, com­pared to its diam­e­ter and to the pos­sibil­ity of apply­ing an effi­cient band­age.
METHODS: 500 SFJ’s ­have had com­pres­sion scle­ro­ther­a­py accord­ing to the Sigg-tech­nique. They ­have ­been divid­ed ­into ­three ­groups depend­ing on the cir­cum­fer­ence at ­root of the ­thigh. Everyone of the ­three ­groups has ­been ­again divid­ed ­into two ­equal sub­groups, accord­ing to the diam­e­ter of the SFJ of ­more or ­less ­than 8 mm (I, II).
RESULTS: From a pure­ly clin­i­cal ­point of ­view the ­results ­have ­been sat­is­fac­to­ry in all ­patients. Following our Duplex cri­te­ria we had 76 fail­ures (22%). There has ­been no dif­fer­ence in the fail­ure ­rate of the two sub­groups (I and II). An impor­tant dif­fer­ence in the ­rate of fail­ures has ­been ­found in the ­three ­groups.
CONCLUSIONS: This con­firms ­that a suc­cess­ful scle­ro­ther­a­py of the SFJ can be per­formed inde­pen­dent­ly ­from its diam­e­ter, but ­under the con­di­tion ­that it can be effec­tive­ly com­pressed.

language: English


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