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sclerotherapy and children
Posted by: Colin Wardale
Date: February 19, 2000 1:21 PM

My 5 year old daughter has spider veins on her face.They are reasonably noticeable and this is causing my wife particular distress. Is it possible / usual / sensible for a child of this age to have sclerotherapy? We have seen a consultant who has advised against it.

sclerotherapy and children
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: February 20, 2000 4:45 PM

I believe the patient herself should be your primary concern. In my view no one should have an elective procedure to satisfy the aesthetics of another person, even a parent. If the problem does not bother your daughter now, perhaps it will in the future. When that happens it would be time to move forward with the idea. While I am not telling you what to do, if this were my daughter, this would be my approach. Obviously you and your wife must decide this together. Sclerotherapy, properly done, is safe and effective.

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