Sclerotherapy on Swelling?

I'm a 32-year-old female, with swelling over left side mendible, jaw area, and lower neck line. The doctor suggested sclerotherapy, is it advisable?

Doctor Answers 4

Sclerotherapy and swelling.

Sclerotherapy is not the first line treatment for swelling and, based on what you state, I am not sure if it is indicated.  I would recommend that you find the cause for the swelling and treat that appropriately.  You may require further evaluation by diagnostic testing.


Naples General Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

This depends...

on the precise diagnosis.

it sounds like you have some sort of vascular malformation.  this would need to be elucidated first with a nuclear medicine scan and then possible sclerotherapy injections.  you should see a vascular surgeon or interventional radiologist for this diagnosis/procedure.

Cheers

Craig Crippen, MD
Kelowna Physician

Sclerotherapy is not advisable on swelling you describe

There are multiple possible causes of the swelling you describe, but none of them that I can think of are treatable with sclerotherapy. Besides, sclerotherapy of the face can be a risky procedure because of the proximity of large, intracranial veins.

Your best bet is to see a head and neck specialist - ENT or a general surgeon with a special interest in head and neck pathology.

Go soon so you can rest easy.

Robert Swanson, MD - RETIRED
Bay Area General Surgeon

See head and neck surgeon for jaw swelling or neck mass

Without examining you and getting a more detailed history, I highly advise that you see a head and neck specialist and have him/her evaluate you with a CT scan and or MRI/MRA to determine the cause of this problem before any treatment is undertaken. Sclerotherapy is not a common procedure for this type of problem. A more ominous source such as a vascular anomaly, neoplasm/cancer must be ruled out. A oromaxillofacial surgeon evaluation may also be warranted. I advise that you see a specialist soon.

Hratch Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Buffalo General Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

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