Sclerotherapy is a nonsurgical minimally invasive treatment option for certain types of vascular malformations. Common vascular malformations which are treated by sclerotherapy include venous and lymphatic malformations. Your child's doctor at Children's National Hospital will inject a liquid medication into the malformation under imaging guidance while your child is asleep under anesthesia. The medication causes inflammation and then, in few weeks, shrinking of the area due to scarring inside the malformation. Sometimes malformations become enlarged again over time and may require repeat sclerotherapy.
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Interventional Radiology at Children's National Hospital
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Departments that Offer Sclerotherapy
Children's National interventional radiologists perform a full range of minimally invasive, image-guided procedures to both diagnose and treat disease in infants, children, and adolescents.