The Vascular Malformation includes:
Plunging Ranula: One of Other Cystic Lesions Treated by Sclerotherapy, Recently.
Sclerotherapy is a method whereby agents that irritate the vessel walls are injected to cause the vessels to harden & obliterate over time. Thus, cutting off the blood supply to the diseased part to cure it. This technique is done through an injection needle, therefore no scar is left on the skin & there is less complications such as blood loss & the recovery time is short.
Sclerotherapy is used to treat:
1. cystic lesions (fluid filled swellings)
2. vascular malformations & hemangiomas (swellings that are composed of blood vessels)
3. uncontrollable bleeding sites after trauma or surgery
4. cancers (to cut off blood supply to tumors)
5. to cut off nerve supply to control abnormal muscle movements or excessive pain
6. hemorrhoids (anal swellings that are composed of veins)
Dr. Mol is the only person in PNG specializing in the art & technique of sclerotherapy. He has obtained a PhD on sclerotherapy while studying plastic surgery at Hokkaido University, Japan. He has elucidated the mechanism of action (how they work or induce sclerosis) of 3 commonly used sclerosants (agents that induce sclerosis or hardening of vessels).
We are now extending our Sclerotherapy technique to treat Mandibular Bone Cysts.