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Can superficial veins with clots in them be safely stripped from the leg?

Can superficial veins with clots in them be safely stripped from the leg?

Yes: If the clot is only in the superficial vein/s it is safe to remove the vein surgically with either a phlebectomy or stripping. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Veins (Definition)

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


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Should superficial veins be removed if someone with polycythemia rubra vera has superficial clots?

Should superficial veins be removed if someone with polycythemia rubra vera has superficial clots?

No: The only reason for perfroming surgery on superficial veins is for cosmetic reasons. Surgical removal of a clotted vein to remove the clot only leads to more clots. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of a painful visable superficial vein that has appeared and runs down the middle of my forehead? . It wasn't there before.

What could be the cause of a painful visable superficial vein that has appeared and runs down the middle of my forehead? . It wasn't there before.

Arteritis?: Usually you find the temporal arteries (running over your temples) with these symptoms. It's an inflammation of the artery walls which can be diagnosed with a biopsy of the artery itself. However you may have a similar condition with an artery in the midline. You should see a physician for proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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I am 35 yrs female unmarried, I m suffering from rt. Arm block from last 04 yrs, my hnd is swelled there are lot of superficial veins. My ESR is 38?

I am 35 yrs female unmarried, I m suffering from rt. Arm block from last 04 yrs, my hnd is swelled there are lot of superficial veins. My ESR is 38?

RSD??: Ouch, you need to get another opinion. If you already have then what doc miss a lot are complex regional pain or rsd and thoracic outlet syndrome. They both can be treated non-surgically with myofasical release therapy as per travell w trigger point shot and acupuncture. The neck/shoulder/upper back and arm are the same unit and needs therapy all together. Wellness and magnesium will help. ...Read more

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Do I need to be worried about a superficial vein bursting?

Do I need to be worried about a superficial vein bursting?

Veins rarely burst.: There are 3 types of superficial veins-varicose, spiders and reticular (blue). Varicose veins could bleed following trauma to them but will rarely spontaneously bleed. Spider veins will not bleed unless they are long standing and located over the ankle and skin. In order for these to bleed, scabs form over them and rupture. This is primarily in older patients. Reticular veins do not bleed. ...Read more

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What is a collateral (nonvaricose) superficial vein? Is it just a straight vein that sticks out?

What is a collateral (nonvaricose) superficial vein? Is it just a straight vein that sticks out?

Veins like a tree.: Think of your veins like a tree with a central trunk and branches. The trunk in the superficial system of veins is called the saphenous vein and the branches that come off of this trunk are collateral (side) branches. Varicose veins are bulging grape-like veins and normal veins are usually blue and thin and straight. Veins can get larger and smaller for many reasons. ...Read more

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When a superficial vein is said to be incompressible, does it have the same hardness as a tendon?

When a superficial vein is said to be incompressible, does it have the same hardness as a tendon?

Could be.: Veins are normally compressible. If incompressible then this means that the vein is clotted. Superficial veins that are clotted can usually be felt under the skin and can fell hard like a tendon. ...Read more

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What is the difference between unilateral superficial vein swelling and collateral superficial vein swelling?

What is the difference between unilateral superficial vein swelling and collateral superficial vein swelling?

Difference?: Unilateral vein swelling would be dilated veins in one area compared no non dilated veins in the opposite area (i.e. R leg and L leg). Collateral veins usually form around a blockage such as a DVT. In actuality, there may not be any difference between the two. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of varicosities in my calf (not in superficial vein)?

How can I get rid of varicosities in my calf (not in superficial vein)?

See vein specialist.: The ideal treatment for varicose veins is a venous reflux exam to look for leaking valves which are the source of the varicose veins. Correcting the varicose veins with a laser closure procedure would be the treatment of choice. You should see vein specialist for a full venous evaluation and to see why your veins are hurting you. ...Read more

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I have very superficial veins on my arms. They are visible at all times & appear green. I would like to know, what should I do to remove them?

I have very superficial veins on my arms. They are visible at all times & appear green. I would like to know, what should I do to remove them?

Nothing: They belong there. Their appearance is an indicator of hydration status. You will be thankful for their visibility if you ever get an IV or give blood. ...Read more

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Are there superficial veins on the edge of the thigh/hamstring where the two come together at the back of the inner leg? Feel knobby like cord

Are there superficial veins on the edge of the thigh/hamstring where the two come together at the back of the inner leg? Feel knobby like cord

Varicose veins: This sounds like a varicose vein. If develop pain, swelling, or shortness of breath, see your doctor for proper evaluation and treatment ...Read more

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I have superficial veins popping up on the dorsal part of my penis and they're really dark, I'm a 1st year medical student and idontknow what that is?

I have superficial veins popping up on the dorsal part of my penis and they're really dark, I'm a 1st year medical student and idontknow what that is?

Answered yet?: I remembered this was answered. Most likely, it's a branch of penile dorsal vein, which has its own normal variation in its diameter, number, and distribution. But I wondered that "popping up" meant - recently occurring. The easiest thing to do is to ask one of your clinically related attending (since you're a medical student) to take a look at and palpate it so this riddle could be solved. Best.. ...Read more

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Can big& painful superficial veins in penis skin be removed? Will new veins grow? Wil surrounding veins cope? Have seen specialists- they all disagree

Can big& painful superficial veins in penis skin be removed? Will new veins grow? Wil surrounding veins cope? Have seen specialists- they all disagree

Here are some. ..: Experience has taught us to leave "big & painful" superficial penile veins alone, which usually result from veinous thrombosis so to allow natural healing process to take place, and will not affect venous circulation at all. A need for surgical removal is extremely rarely needed. Hence, please be calm and patient. Of note, before doing something, always consider medical necessity & possibility ...Read more

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Polycythemia vera verified by second opinion. + Crohn’s. Unilateral calf swelling. Unilateral superficial vein. D-dimer + US normal. Get venogram?

Polycythemia vera verified by second opinion. + Crohn’s. Unilateral calf swelling. Unilateral superficial vein. D-dimer + US normal. Get venogram?

Difficult to know: Polycythemia vera and Chrons are both risk factors for DVT. Also your sign and symptoms are suspicious for DVT. Venous Doppler US for a single exam may miss small DVT especially in the calf. D dimer if normal pretty sensitive. Many options repeat: Ultrasound and possibly d dimer, venogram [but these are not done much now], follow closely. Recommend close follow up with your doctor/ vein expert. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about superficial veins in your back, bum and back of legs?

Can you tell me about superficial veins in your back, bum and back of legs?

Venous insufiency: Venous insufficiency can lead to varicose and spider veins on the back of legs, bum [ pelvic region ] and back. The upper back of legs and pelvic region vein problem are related to pelvic venous insufficiency. Vein down on the back of the calf are usually related to saphenous vein insufficiency. Vein on the back are usually small and related to hormonal or genetic factors. ...Read more

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