Venous sclerotherapy is an emerging cosmetic treatment option for dorsal hand varicose veins. Although venous sclerotherapy is considered a safe and effective procedure for treatment of venous malformations and varicosities in both the upper and lower extremities, inadvertent injection of the sclerosing agent into the arterial system has led to reported instances of acute ischemic events and distal limb necrosis. This is a rare but well-documented complication of lower-extremity venous sclerotherapy. Only 2 cases have been reported in upper-extremity venous sclerotherapy, both of which occurred during treatment of complex vascular malformations. We report an instance of acute, distal digit ischemia after elective venous sclerotherapy for a dorsal hand varicosity. As this procedure grows in popularity, it is essential for hand surgeons to be aware of this rare but potentially devastating complication.
- Varicose vein
- venous sclerotherapy