Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used for the treatment of various diseases including lymphangioma. It involves the use of small needles containing an alkaline solution being placed into a person’s varicose veins and/or microcystic mesotheliomas. The main purpose of the sclerotherapy is to reduce and eliminate the excessive growth of cells and tissues (including fibrosis and abnormal cell generation) in the affected tissues thereby causing an early recovery and elimination of the disease. In normal cases, the microcystic mesothelioma is found to be benign and does not pose any danger to the sufferer.
Sclerotherapy usually follows the surgical removal of the affected part from the patient’s body and this is usually done with the use of leeches. Some procedures used for sclerotherapy include: leechespray, laser, and excisional cryosurgery. The most common types of surgical operations used by surgeons to remove these are the cryosurgery (also called cryoepathectomy), leechespray and laser. Each of these has its own set of advantages and disadvantages and it is important that the surgeon carefully weighs the pros and cons of each before proceeding with a particular treatment.
After the surgical operation, the patient is placed on a hospital ward for monitoring. In most cases, the patient is kept under observation for a period of one to three days. During this time, the doctor monitors the progress of the disease through special equipments fitted just before the operation. One major benefit of this is the availability of special medical equipments such as the infrared and vascular cameras which can easily detect and measure the activity of the lymphangioma. The infrared images help the experts see the extent of the lesion growth, the lymph vessels as well as the tumor’s shape and size.
When the OK-432 test is negative, the doctor will need to do another test known as the PSA testing. This test measures the total sarcomere levels in the body and records the results based on what the patient receives at that point in time. If the test shows one or more normal cells, then the condition is said to be “sclerotherapy benign” or “indolent scleroderma without residuals.” This means that the patient is suffering from a form of non-cancerous lymphangioma and is in the clear.
The doctor may also use other forms of treatments such as radio immunotherapies, interferon gamma therapy and antibiotics. Interferon gamma is usually used as a last resort after all forms of sclerotherapy have been applied. Radio immunotherapies are used only when the OK-432 test shows one or more suspicious lymph nodes. This is because there is a chance that the treatment will not work if the disease is still at an early stage. Antibiotics are used after a positive result has been achieved in order to prevent the disease from spreading.
It is very important to know your doctor’s medical history and a detailed medical history of any prior conditions you have had, including Ok-432 and any medications you are taking. The type of treatment you receive will also be determined according to your particular case. Sometimes patients receive both interferon gamma therapy and antibiotics simultaneously. For cases such as these, the lymphangioma is treated with interferon gamma first, followed by antibiotics.