Sclerotherapy for leg varicose veins

Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) Information Paper #19.

The objective of this report was to conduct a systematic review of the published research on the use of sclerotherapy to manage varicose veins of the legs. The intent of this paper was to answer the following questions:

  • Is sclerotherapy effective for varicose veins of the legs and if so, is one approach more effective and for which group of patients (symptomatic, asymptomatic)?
  • Are there standards to determine when the treatment for varicose veins is considered medically necessary and when it is considered to be cosmetic?
  • Are there other approaches or variations of sclerotherapy emerging as treatment options for varicose veins of the legs?


NOTE: In 2006 the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research HTA unit moved to IHE. Documents produced in and prior to 2006 have different formats; the format was determined by the agency for which the document was produced.

Publication Type: Rapid Reviews

Year of Publication: 2004

Topics: Therapy

Authors: Paula Corabian, Christa Harstall

ISBN (print): 1-896956-96-3

ISBN (online): 1-896956-98-X

ISSN: 1706-7863