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How is superficial phlebitis distinguished from varicose veins?

How is superficial phlebitis distinguished from varicose veins?

Clot: Phlebitis is a blood clot in a superficial vein which is firm and tender to touch Varicose vein with no clot will be soft and sometimes can be tender to touch ...Read more

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Deep Venous Thrombosis (Definition)

Deep vein thrombosis means a blood clot in the deeper veins of the affected extremity. The deeper veins of the major functional veins that returned blood flow back towards the heart. Having a blood clot in a deep vein is a serious issue and needs to be treated with anticoagulation therapy to prevent the possibility of a blood clot traveling ...Read more


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Do Varicose Veins cause DVTs?

Do Varicose Veins cause DVTs?

DVT's in deep veins: DVT or deep vein thrombosis is confined to the deep veins. Varicose veins are bulging superficial veins. These empty into the deep veins. Occasionally, clots in superficial veins can grow and enter the deep veins. Usually, some condition promoting clotting tendency in blood combined with immobility causes most DVT's. ...Read more

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Are varicose veins deadly?

Are varicose veins deadly?

No: In and of themselves, varicose veins are not fatal or deadly. However, left untreated, the underlying venous insufficiency that causes varicose veins, can lead to long term complications, some of which can be quite severe, including chronic limb swelling, skin thickening/discoloration/ulceration, infections, clots, or even bleeds. Early treatment can easily avoid these end-stage complications. ...Read more

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What is DVT (deep vein thrombosis)?

What is DVT (deep vein thrombosis)?

Pain and swelling: The most common symptom of DVT is pain and the most common physical finding is swelling. However, not everyone has these. If you have unexplained swelling with or without calf or thigh pain then a venous ultrasound would be indicated to look for a dvt. Sometimes even a ct scan or mrv is necessary. The bottom line is, if DVT is considered, then proper testing is required. ...Read more

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Physiotherapy for varicose veins?

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Physiotherapy for varicose veins?

Not effective.: Physiotherapy is not an effective treatment for varicose veins. The gold standard for varicose vein treatment is a venous ultrasound to look for malfunctioning valves and then treatment of them with a closure procedure and either microphlebectomies or sclerotherapy. ...Read more

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What are varicose veins and spider veins like?

Spider & varicose: Varicose veins are bulging blue veins larger than 3 mm in diameter, almost always found on the legs. Spider veins are red, blue or purple veins on the surface of the skin, up to 1 mm in diameter. They commonly occur on the legs and face, and may be seen elsewhere. ...Read more

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Can compression stockings make varicose veins worse?

Can compression stockings make varicose veins worse?

Absolutely Not: In fact, compresssion stockings are often the 1st line of management for treatment of symptomatic varicosites, along with daily elevation of the limbs and an adequate exercise regimen - known as "consevative care". The stockings act to help keep blood flowing through the limb, and diminsh the venous pooling, which leads to venous hypertension, eventually causing the bulging, dilated varicose veins. ...Read more

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Are varicose veins painful?

Possibly: Other symptoms can include restless leg syndrome, skin changes in the lower leg to include darkened pigmentation, eczema and even ulcers. If you are having pain consult a board certified phlebologist, interventional radiologist or a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Are varicose veins dangerous?

Are varicose veins dangerous?

They can be: Varicose veins may be of cosmetic concern, but commonly cause symptoms such as leg heaviness, leg fatigue, itching, night cramps, and restless legs. They can also lead to leg swelling, eczema, skin inflammation, and leg ulceration. Phlebitis can occur in a varicose vein, which could lead to a blood clot. Consult a phlebologist (http://www.Phlebology.Org/) to discuss your particular condition. ...Read more

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What causes varicose veins, gravity?

What causes varicose veins, gravity?

Gravity IS involved!: You are right! gravity alone will not cause varicose veins unless you also have vein insufficiency or improperly functioning valves of your veins which then allow blood to pool in your veins and increase pressure in your leg veins. This increased pressure causes the veins to get thicker and bulge. ...Read more

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Is it possible to distinguish between varicose veins spider veins and blood clots?

Is it possible to distinguish between varicose veins spider veins and blood clots?

Vein specialist: Spider veins look like spider legs and are usually blue or red and very tiny(1-2 mm) and are several mm to cm long. Varicose veins are large bluish colored veins that are grape-like in appearance. Clots can be superficial on the skin , tender and easy to feel or deep below the skin requiring ultrasound to see associated with pain and swelling. You should see a vein specialist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Value of horse chestnut for varicose veins?

May help symptoms: There are some studies that show horse chestnut extract may help the symptoms of varicose veins in some people. There is no evidence that it will cure or resolve varicose veins. ...Read more

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What causes varicose and spider veins?

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Heredity: Far and away, the major cause of varicose and spider veins is heredity. Other factors can contribute to their development if you have inherited a tendency to get varicose veins in the first place. These include prolonged standing, age, pregnancy, hormones, and trauma. Surprisingly, obesity has not been shown to be a cause of varicose veins. It does increase the risk of complications though. ...Read more

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After doppler scan result varicose veins both lower limbs greater saphenous system due to incompetence of perforators of bilateral knee no thrombosis

After doppler scan result  varicose veins both lower limbs greater saphenous system due to incompetence of perforators of bilateral knee no thrombosis

Venous insufficiency: There is not enough information for me to comment. You need to know the size of the vein and the symptoms as well as the duration of reflux to help guide medical versus surgical therapy. ...Read more

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Is varicose vein surgery painful?

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Is varicose vein surgery painful?

It depends: Although every procedure has some discomfort associated with it. How much you feel depends on what you are having done. If you have surgery or an endovenous thermal procedure, you will get an anesthetic during the procedure so that you won't feel anything. The amount of pain you will have afterwards will be worse with surgery but your doctor can prescribe medicine for you to keep you comfortable. ...Read more

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Is deep vein thrombosis a phlebothrombosis or thrombophlebitis?

Is deep vein thrombosis a phlebothrombosis or thrombophlebitis?

Thrombophlebitis: itis means inflammation. Thrombo means clot. Thrombophlebitis is inflammation of a vein. There is superficial vein thrombophlebitis and deep vein thrombophlebitis. Deep vein thrombosis can be inflamed if acute and this is called deep vein thrombophlebitis. ...Read more

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How are deep vein thrombosis and varicocele alike?

How are deep vein thrombosis and varicocele alike?

Both are vein diseas: Dvt is clotting of the veins in the deep system of the leg, pelvis, or abdomen. It is potentially life-threatening and often causes severe long-term symptoms. Varicocele is a varicose vein of the scrotum caused by failure of the valves in the gonadal vein. It can cause discomfort and/or problems with fertility. ...Read more

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What causes varicose veins?

Genes and behavior: There are many factors that contribute to varicose veins. Some of these are genetics, standing for lengthy periods, gravity or hormones. Today's technology allows surgeons to perform treatment for varicose veins using minimally invasive techniques. This allows for faster healing and return to work in just a few days. ...Read more

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As there are varicose veins, are their varicose arteries? Could HTN medications result in varicose veins being more visibly noticeable?

As there are varicose veins, are their varicose arteries? Could HTN medications result in varicose veins being more visibly noticeable?

Sort of: An aneurysm is sort of like a varicose artery, but we don't tend to refer to it in that terminology. Just like varicose veins that weaken & bulge, artery walls can also weaken and bulge, leading to an artery aneurysms. Aneurysms of arteries are dangerous because arteries are under much higher pressure than veins so when they rupture it can be life threatening. The HTN med should not increase vein ...Read more

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Varicose Veins (Definition)

A condition characterized by enlarged and elongated veins that are usually found in the legs but can affect different ...Read more


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Veins (Definition)

Veins are thin walled vessels that carry deoxygenated blood ...Read more