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A 35-year-old female asked:

I have a cluster of spider veins on the back of my leg, above my knee, that is painful at times. is this normal?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Fietsam
Surgery - Thoracic 36 years experience
Yes, common: a variation of varicose veins. Can be treated by injections. Contact vein clinic of America or similar.
Dr. Lawrence Presant
Phlebology 42 years experience
Abnormal thigh veins: Spider veins that are painful on the back of the thigh above the knee are abnormal. They may be caused by an incompetent Small Saphenous vein branch. A superficial venous ultrasound while standing is needed to verify and rule this out before treatment. A board certified vein specialist can help determine appropriate management.

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