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Doctor insights on: Varicose Abdominal Veins

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Does a mass in your abdomen cause one varicose vein in one of your legs?

Does a mass in your abdomen cause one varicose vein in one of your legs?

Abdominal Veins/Mass: Varicose veins are due to malfunctioning valves (reflux) of the saphenous system of veins. It would be most unlikely for an abdominal mass to cause varicose veins unless the mass is large enough to cause blockage of the deep system of veins on the same side as the varicose veins. An abdominal mass may cause deep vein system problems but not varicose veins. ...Read more

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Veins (Definition)

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


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What are the signs, symptoms of varicose vein?

Vein signs: Signs range from visible spider veins to larger flat blue veins to bulging varicose veins to swelling to reddish and/or brownish skin discoloration to waxy shile skin scars to ulceration. Bleeding can occur and when there is severe inflammation in the vein, you can have redness, swelling, warmth, and pain and tenerness over the affected vein. ...Read more

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What are varicose veins?

What are varicose veins?

Vein with weak walls: Dr. Nielsen has given a very nice answer. The other part of the problem is that varicose veins also have weak walls. This allows the high pressure in the veins to stretch the veins, make them bigger and longer, and that causes the large, bulging, squiggley appearance of the veins. ...Read more

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What causes varicose veins?

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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What causes varicose veins?

What causes varicose veins?

Leaking valves: Varicose veins are a very common problem and they are due to leaking valves (called reflux) usually in the saphenous veins. Think of your veins like a tree with the trunk being the saphenous vein and the branches being the varicose veins. A venous reflux ultrasound will make the diagnosis. Common causes of this are hereditary, aging and pregnancies in women. They are treatable with a laser. ...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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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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How do I prevent varicose veins?

How do I prevent varicose veins?

Hard to do: There are several things that can probably help to prevent varicose veins. Unfortunately, even if you do everything right (use prescription compression stockings, don't stand too long, don't gain weight, get exercise, put your feet up as much as you can, etc.) varicose veins can develop anyway. If you inherit the tendency to get varicose veins, you will still get them, but maybe less. ...Read more

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Can vaginal varicose veins itch?

Can vaginal varicose veins itch?

Yes: Vaginal varices can itch but often are also associated with labial varices which also can cause irritation and itching. Do not forget, however, that vaginal itching is more commonly associated with vaginal infections or fungal skin infections, sometimes with urinary tract infections. I would recommend you see your doctor before assuming that the cause of itching is from the varices. ...Read more

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