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what is the definition or description of: varicose veins?

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Dr. Andrew Doe
Interventional Radiology 20 years experience
Big vein: It comes from the latin "varicosus" whihc means a large vein. The terminology of varicose vein disease (venous insufficiency) is arbitrary and based on the size of the vein. It ranges from spider veins to varicosities. Regardless, the underlying cause is venous insufficiency. http://www.houstonvir.com/varicose-veins-houston/.
Dr. Gabriel Goren
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Well, taking in account anatomic and physiologic criteria, spider and varicose veins can't be put under same umbrella, frequently done so to justify the need for basically a not needed ultrasound examination possibly followed with thermal ablation of the saphenous systems. This sequence of events triggered the "vein experts" revolution of the last decade plus!
Sep 20, 2013
Dr. John Landi
Phlebology 47 years experience
Bulging Veins.: Varicose veins are bulging grape-like appearing veins which are most commonly seen on the legs. These are due to leaking(refluxing) valves usually in the saphenous system. Some causes include hereditary, pregnancy, trauma and aging. The gold standard of treatment is to have a venous reflux ultrasound to both diagnose and form a treatment plan. You should see a vein specialist.
Dr. Yan Katsnelson
Phlebology 21 years experience
Varicose Veins: Varicose veins is explained as abnormal enlargement of the veins in the thighs and the lower legs. This occurs due to the poor blood circulation caused by either obstruction or prolonged pressure on the veins and hence, resulting in malfunctioning of the valves in the veins.
Dr. Gabriel Goren
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Varicose Veins: Are dilated, elongated, winding, tortuous superficial leg veins. Upright position, meager tissular support, heredity, gender (female hormones/pregnancies) and life style may distend the vein triggering valvular incompetence and gravitational down flow (reflux) while the increased venous pressure will assure the progressive nature of the condition.
Dr. Joel Gotvald
Vascular Surgery 25 years experience
Varicose veins: Varicose veins are abnormal dilated, engorged, swollen veins of the legs that are most commonly superficial, just below the surface of the skin. They are typically the results of abnormal vein function within the veins that leads to pressure build-up inside the veins that causes then to stretch, thin, and enlongate. The underlying disease that often leads to them is caused venous reflux disease.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Can having varicose veins kill you?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Not by itself: But varicose veins can lead to deep venous thrombophlebitis, from which a clot can dislodge and travel to your lungs, pulmonary embolism. And this can kill you. If you have unilateral leg swelling and pain, the only way to know for sure is to do an ultrasound study called venous duplex.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is it dangerous to scratch varicose veins?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Yes: Itching of skin means irritation. If you have varicose veins, there is nothing between the vessel and the outside, except skin. If skin breaks down, the vein can bleed uncontrollably. If it gets infected, bacteria can travel through the blood, septicemia. Resist scratching the skin. You can use topical creams and keep leg elevated until you get to a doctor.
A 20-year-old male asked about a 42-year-old male:

Is there any medicine available in the market to cure the varicose vein disease?

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Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 24 years experience
Magic: No magic pill or cream to get rid of varicose veins. There are vascular surgery procedures to help control the spread of varicose veins.
A 21-year-old female asked:

How to fight varicose veins ?

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Dr. Jesse Mills
Urology 20 years experience
Surgery: No medications help. But not all varicoceles need surgery. If you have no pain and no impairment in fertility, you likely don't need therapy.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What are good home remediesfor varicose veins:?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
No simple fix: Varicose veins occur when the surrounding supporting structures of the veins lose their support and the veins begin to bulge out. This can be causes by obesity, family history, trauma, or just bad luck. Treatment varies from compression stockings to injection/laser to removing parts of the bad veins (not stripping). There are no home remedies that really have any effect other than elevating them.

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