FOAM-study, Cost Minimization Study Comparing Surgery Versus Duplex Guided Foam Sclerotherapy of Varicose Veins

2014-08-27 03:14:38 | BioPortfolio


Varicose vein disease is a common health problem, which causes much discomfort to patients.

Nowadays treatment modalities for greater saphenous veins include surgery and duplex guided foam sclerotherapy. These are two equally accepted and applied treatments for the same patient population.

Choice of treatment often depends on the referral preference of the General Practitioner. Until now data are missing which treatment is more cost effective. The current proposal aims at comparing the effects, costs and patient preferences between duplex guided foam sclerotherapy and surgery in the treatment of greater varicose veins.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Uncontrolled, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment


Varicose Vein Disease


high ligation and stripping (surgery), FOAM


Maastricht UMC




Maastricht University Medical Center

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:14:38-0400

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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

A dry artificial sterile sponge of fibrin prepared by clotting with thrombin a foam or solution of fibrinogen. It is used in conjunction with thrombin as a hemostatic in surgery at sites where bleeding cannot be controlled by more common methods. (From Martindale, The Extra Pharmacopoeia, 30th ed, p648)

A surgical procedure or KERATOPLASTY involving selective stripping and replacement of diseased host DESCEMET MEMBRANE and CORNEAL ENDOTHELIUM with a suitable and healthy donor posterior lamella. The advantage to this procedure is that the normal corneal surface of the recipient is retained, thereby avoiding corneal surface incisions and sutures.

A short thick vein formed by union of the superior mesenteric vein and the splenic vein.


Blockage of the RETINAL VEIN. Those at high risk for this condition include patients with HYPERTENSION; DIABETES MELLITUS; ATHEROSCLEROSIS; and other CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES.

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