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A 32-year-old female asked:

I have quite a lot of varicose/spider veins in my legs. should i be co corned about very painful ones at the front of my knee? tender to touch gently

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 47 years experience
Yes, pain: in a superficial venous varicosity could mean thrombosis or skin breakdown. Or it could be something else, b/c such severe pain in front of knee is a bit unusual for varicose vein. Show it to your doctor to be sure.
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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology 49 years experience
Types of veins.: Both spider and varicose veins can be treated very successfully and cosmetically very acceptably. You should see a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation including a venous ultrasound. Varicose veins are usually due to refluxing saphenous vein valves and spider veins have many causes. Painful veins may have clots in them and should be evaluated.
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Last updated Aug 5, 2019


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