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Sodium Tetradecyl Sulfate (STS) : A Review of Clinical Uses

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    Sodium Tetradecyl Sulfate (STS) : A Review of Clinical Uses


    An article published by Jenkinson HAWilmas KMSilapunt S from the Department of Dermatology, University of Texas McGovern Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas in Dermatologic Surgery, April 2017 reviews the clinical use for sodium tetradecyl sulfate (STS). 


    The authors summarize the use for sodium tetradecyl sulfate: 


    Varicose veins



    pyogenic granuloma

    cherry angioma

    Kaposi sarcoma

    lymphangioma circumscriptum

    digital mucous cyst

    ganglion cyst


    angiokeratoma of Fordyce

    pseudocyst of the auricle

    verruca. C


    The authors report "commonly reported side effects" include:






    telangiectatic matting



    Serious side effects such as anaphylaxis, pulmonary embolism, stroke, and myocardial infarction have also been reported. Most sources were case reports and small prospective studies, as such the strength of data supporting many uses is limited by small sample sizes and lack of controls.

    Dr Karamanoukian's note: This is a general review for use of STS in dermatology. We use it inour office for varicose veins and telangiectasias and have had good results.