Sclerosant Injection


Sclerosant is a medication typically used for the treatment of varicose veins. More recently, it has also been used in the treatment of tendon problems (tendinosis), as well as surrounding tendon inflammation, known as tenosynovitis. Though not well understood, in an attempt to heal the body of the tendinosis, new blood vessels and nerves grow into a diseased tendon, producing pain. Targeting these new blood vessels with sclerosant often results in relief of symptoms.

Ultrasound follow up of patients following a sclerosant injection into a tendon usually demonstrates an improved appearance of the tendon as well as decreased blood flow. This correlates well with improvement of the patient’s symptoms.

Sclerosant injections are routinely used as a second line method of treating tendon pain at Melbourne Radiology Clinic.

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As for an autologous blood or platelet rich plasma injection, sclerosant Injection may be used to treat any painful tendon and is performed under ultrasound guidance to accurately and safely deliver the medication in the area of abnormality. Patients will require a test to confirm that the tendon is the source of their pain, usually with either an MRI and/or ultrasound scan.

Post Procedure

This information is for patients who have undergone a Sclerosant injection at Melbourne Radiology Clinic.
Following this procedure, please be advised of the following recommendations:

Follow Up

The radiologist conducting the injection will send your referring doctor a report.


Whilst every effort is made to keep your appointment time, the special needs of complex cases, elderly and frail patients can cause unexpected delays. Your consideration and patience in these circumstances is appreciated.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:51 )