Reversible cardiac arrest after polidocanol sclerotherapy of peripheral venous malformation

Massimiliano M. Marrocco-Trischitta, Paolo Guerrini, Damiano Abeni, Francesco Stillo

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BACKGROUND. Polidocanol sclerotherapy is a well-established therapeutic modality for the treatment of venous malformations. Systemic complications are extremely rare. OBJECTIVE. To report a case of cardiac complication after polidocanol injection of peripheral venous malformation. METHODS. A case report and a review of the English language literature using a published MEDLINE search strategy. RESULTS. A patient undergoing polidocanol sclerotherapy for a symptomatic venous malformation of the right inferior limb developed cardiac arrest shortly after injection of the sclerosing agent which was promptly reversed. CONCLUSION. Systemic complications following sclerotherapy may occur even when the sclerosant is injected in peripheral veins or venous malformations. Clinicians should be alerted to the possibility of uncommon but life-threatening adverse effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-155
Number of pages3
JournalDermatologic Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Surgery


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