Clarivein (R) mechano-chemical ablation an interim analysis of a randomized controlled trial dose-finding study

Y. L. Lam*, Irwin M. Toonder, Cees H. A. Wittens

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Objectives The ClariVein (R) system is an endovenous technique that uses mechano-chemical ablation to treat incompetent truncal veins. This study was conducted to identify the ideal Polidocanol dosage and form for mechano-chemical ablation in order to occlude the great saphenous vein. When adhering to safe dosage levels, sclerosants with higher concentrations potentially limit the extent of treatment. It has been demonstrated that this problem may be overcome by using Polidocanol as a microfoam. This paper was established on findings of a preliminary analysis. Material and methods The initial study was a single-blinded multicenter randomized controlled trial where patients are allocated to three treatment arms. Group 1 consisted of mechano-chemical ablation +2% Polidocanol liquid, group 2: mechano-chemical ablation +3% Polidocanol liquid and group 3: mechano-chemical ablation +1% Polidocanol foam Results Eighty-seven, 34 males and 53 females (60.9%), mean age 55 years s.d. 16.0 (range 24-84), were enrolled in the study. Treatment length was 30cm (range 10-30) for 95.2% of the patients. Mean operating time was 16minutes (range 5-70). The mean saphenofemoral junction diameter (7.7mm) was similar in all three groups. At 6 weeks post-treatment duplex ultrasound showed that 25 out of 25=100%, 27 out of 28=96.4% and 13 out of 23=56.5% were occluded in the mechano-chemical ablation+2% Polidocanol liquid, mechano-chemical ablation+3% Polidocanol liquid and mechano-chemical ablation+1% Polidocanol microfoam respectively (p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-176
JournalPhlebology: The Journal of Venous Disease
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016


  • Varicose veins
  • ClariVein
  • mechanochemical ablation
  • foam
  • mechano-chemical ablation
  • great saphenous vein


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