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When administered, polidocanol locally damages blood vessel endothelium. Following the endothelial damage, platelets aggregate at the site and attach to the venous wall eventually resulting in a dense network of platelets, cellular debris, and fibrin that occludes the vessel. Eventually the vessel is replaced by connective fibrous tissue.
Polidocanol has a concentration and volume dependent damaging effect on the blood vessel endothelium.
Metabolism was not measured.
Most adverse reactions are related to the intravenous administration such as local irritation, pain, and hematoma. Extravasation can also be an issue.
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Weiss RA, Voigts R, Howell DJ: Absence of concentration congruity in six compounded polidocanol samples obtained for leg sclerotherapy. Dermatol Surg. 2011 Jun;37(6):812-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-4725.2011.01906..x. [PubMed:21605244]
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