Treatment at Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff


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There is no cure for Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome. Standard treatment for Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome at Mayo Clinic involves helping you to manage your symptoms and preventing complications. You and your doctor work together to determine which of the following treatments are most appropriate for you:

  • Compression therapy. Bandages or elastic garments are wrapped around affected limbs to help prevent swelling, varicose veins and skin ulcers.
  • Lifestyle management. Orthopedic shoes, antibiotics for infections and wearing compression dressings may improve your health and physical function.
  • Physical therapy. Massage and compression may help relieve swelling in your arms or legs (lymphedema) and swelling of the blood vessels.
  • Epiphysiodesis. This is an orthopedic procedure that effectively can stop overgrowth of the lower limb.
  • Embolization. This procedure, performed through small catheters placed into the veins or arteries, blocks blood flow to certain blood vessels.
  • Laser therapy. This procedure may lighten or eliminate port-wine stains on your skin.
  • Laser or radiofrequency ablation of veins. This minimally invasive procedure is used to close off abnormal veins.
  • Sclerotherapy. Your doctor injects a solution into your vein, which creates scar tissue that helps close the vein.
  • Placement of a vena cava filter. This procedure prevents blood clots from traveling to your lungs.
  • Surgery. In some cases, you may benefit from removal or reconstruction of your affected veins.
Nov. 19, 2012