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Extracorporeal shock waves as curative therapy for varicose veins?


Angehrn, F; Kuhn, C; Sonnabend, O; Voss, A (2008). Extracorporeal shock waves as curative therapy for varicose veins? Clinical Interventions in Aging, 3(1):175-182.

Abstract

In this prospective design study the effects of low-energy partially focused extracorporeal generated shock waves (ESW) onto a subcutaneous located varicose vein - left vena saphena magna (VSM)- are investigated. The treatment consisted of 4 ESW applications within 21 days. The varicose VSM of both sides were removed by surgery, and samples analyzed comparing the treated and untreated by means of histopathology. No damage to the treated varicose vein in particular and no mechanical destruction to the varicose vein's wall could be demonstrated. However, an induction of neo-collagenogenesis was observed. The thickness of the varicose vein's wall increased. Optimization of critical application parameters by investigating a larger number of patients may turn ESW into a non-invasive curative varicose treatment.

Abstract

In this prospective design study the effects of low-energy partially focused extracorporeal generated shock waves (ESW) onto a subcutaneous located varicose vein - left vena saphena magna (VSM)- are investigated. The treatment consisted of 4 ESW applications within 21 days. The varicose VSM of both sides were removed by surgery, and samples analyzed comparing the treated and untreated by means of histopathology. No damage to the treated varicose vein in particular and no mechanical destruction to the varicose vein's wall could be demonstrated. However, an induction of neo-collagenogenesis was observed. The thickness of the varicose vein's wall increased. Optimization of critical application parameters by investigating a larger number of patients may turn ESW into a non-invasive curative varicose treatment.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Neonatology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:03 Feb 2009 10:10
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:56
Publisher:Dove Medical Press
ISSN:1176-9092
Additional Information:Full text at http://www.dovepress.com/extracorporeal-shock-waves-as-curative-therapy-for-varicose-veins-peer-reviewed-article
PubMed ID:18488887

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