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Jornal Vascular Brasileiro

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COELHO NETO, Felipe; ARAUJO, Gilson Roberto  and  KESSLER, Iruena Moraes. Evaluation of quality of life and photoplethysmography in patients with chronic venous insufficiency treated with foam sclerotherapy. J. vasc. bras. [online]. 2015, vol.14, n.2, pp.145-152. ISSN 1677-5449.


Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy plays a major role in treatment of chronic venous insufficiency, providing clinical and hemodynamic improvement to patients undergoing treatment.


To examine the relationships between venous refilling time and impact of venous disease on quality of life and between changes in venous refilling time and improvement of symptoms after ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy for chronic venous insufficiency.


Thirty-two patients classified as C4, C5 or C6 answered a questionnaire on quality of life and symptoms and their venous filling time was measured using photoplethysmography before and 45 days after treatment of chronic venous insufficiency with ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy.


Statistically significant improvements were observed in quality of life scores and in venous filling time and in the following symptoms: aching, heavy legs, restless legs, swelling, burning sensations, and throbbing (p<0.0001). A similar improvement was also seen in the work and social domains of quality of life (p<0.0001).


As confirmed by questionnaire scores and venous refilling times, ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy demonstrated efficacy and resulted in high satisfaction levels and low rates of major complications.

Keywords : quality of life; chronic venous insufficiency; photoplethysmography; sclerotherapy; sclerosing solutions; color Doppler ultrasonography; varicose veins.

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