Monday, September 14, 2015

Mesotherapy for Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome Symptoms

Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome is a vascular disease that causes unsightly discolorations and varicose veins that cover approximately one quarter of the surface area of the body. Mesotherapy can be deployed to help deal with the inflammation and circulatory conditions that are at the root of this disorder and make your patient feel more attractive and comfortable. 

It is a congenital defect, which means that a person is born with it. The syndrome is not life threatening but over time the varicose veins associated with the syndrome can become swollen and painful. The good news is that forms of mesotherapy and sclerothapy can help address the appearance and prevalance of these popping veins and the flesh discolourations known as "port wine stains."

Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome is also known as KTS or Angio-osteohypertrophy .

Symptoms of Klippel-Treanauny-Weber Syndrome

Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome manifests as a syndrome that includes blood vessel malformations such as port wine stains and varicose veins. There can also be an excessive growth of tissue and bone around the discolorations and varicose veins that is unsightly and uncomfortable.

Mikhail Gorbachev was known for
the port wine stain at the top of his head.

An overactive lymph system is also associated with this syndrome and results in swollen glands behind the ears, in the groin and under the arms.

 A Condition That May Be Inherited

Most cases of Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome occur for no apparent reason. It has not been determined for sure whether or not this syndrome is inherited but it has been speculated that people who have a family member with it may be more prone to contracting it.

Care and Treatment Of Klippel Trenaunay Weber Syndrom 

This is not a life threatening syndrome but some doctors may debulk the mass of tissue and bone that grows near the port wine stains for cosmetic reasons by removing them surgically. A surgeon may also excise large, unsightly varicose veins that are causing discomfort and problems with self-image.

The varicose veins associated with Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome may also be treated with sclerotherapy, which is the process of injecting them with a chemical substance that causes the vein to shrivel up and die off so that the body reabsorbs it or so that it can be surgically removed.

The wearing of compression garments can also help relieve the discomfort and inflammation associated with the varicose veins that are part of this syndrome. 

Cosmetic concealer and makeup can be worn to conceal the port wine stains that are on the body.


Most individuals with Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome do well despite their cosmetic appearance, although there can be associated psychological problems such as depression and a derogatory sense of self due to the disfigurements of the appearance caused by the large varicose veins and port wine stain markings on the skin.  Mesotherapy can help treat the port wine stains as well as shrivel the swollen veins and inflammation that is associated with this sometimes psychologically uncomfortable condition.

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