The occurrence of embolism following the injection of varicose veins with sclerosing solutions has always been greatly feared, although actual experience has shown it to be a most rare phenomenon.
A search of the literature has revealed a total of only nineteen cases of embolism following injection in hundreds of thousands of cases. Of these, fourteen were fatal and five patients recovered. In the present paper I am reporting another case of fatal embolism, making the total twenty cases, with fifteen fatalities and five recoveries. For the sake of completeness, I might add two cases that resulted in death from acute mercurial poisoning following the injection of a few cubic centimeters of 1 per cent corrosive mercuric chloride and red mercuric iodide, respectively. This brings the fatalities from the injection treatment up to seventeen, although the cases tabulated in group 2 may well be subtracted from this total, as in