Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive, image guided treatment used to treat certain types of vascular malformations (lesions). It involves injecting a special material, called a sclerosant, directly into a vascular anomaly in order to bring about scarring. In the vast majority of cases, sclerotherapy provides symptomatic relief for patients, and in many cases, it results in significant shrinkage of the vascular anomaly as well.
How Boston Children's Hospital approaches sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is performed by interventional and neurointerventional radiologists who are highly trained in doing this procedure on infants and children.
In addition to the interventional radiologist, your child will be treated by a team of anesthesiologists, nurse practitioners, nurses and technologists who specialize in caring for children who have undergone interventional radiology procedures and treatments.
We perform sclerotherapy in the interventional radiology suite on the second floor of the hospital, which features three procedure rooms equipped with the latest imaging technology, a recovery area for patients who have received sedation or anesthesia and examining rooms for outpatient visits.