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Venous Insufficiency (Definition)

A condition where the flow of blood through the veins is inadequate, causing blood to pool in the legs. It is most often caused by either blood ...Read more


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What does venous insufficiency mean anyways and what outlook for me?

What does venous insufficiency mean anyways and what outlook for me?

Vein pooling: Veins return blood to the heart. Cvi occurs when there is reduced flow or pooling in leg veins, causing leg swelling, inflammation, & ulceration. The most common cause is when the one-way valves don't work well, leading to venous reflux, or back flow, with blood pooling in the veins. This can result from genetic predisposition, pregnancy, injuries or blood clots. See a vein specialist for help. ...Read more

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What does grade 3 venous insufficiency mean?

Not sure: It is interesting that you receive that information. I am not aware of grade 3 venous insufficiency classification. Ther is a ceap classification. C3 corresponds to patients that have edema as a consequence of venous insufficiency, however gets a bit more complex when add the other components. Would be better for the general publc to refers as mild/moderate/severe. ...Read more

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Need doctor's help! what do docs mean by grade 3 venous insufficiency?

Edema : This generally means you have edema on the ceap scale meet with yor surgeon to disucss medical and surgical options for treatment. ...Read more

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What does a sharp pain/ice cold sensation on a leg with chronic venous insufficiency mean, that also gets worse upon touching?

What does a sharp pain/ice cold sensation on a leg with chronic venous insufficiency mean, that also gets worse upon touching?

Depends: Venous disease causes many diffeent symptoms. If you have painful vv with palpation, this likely indicates ongoing inflammation related to too much pressure from valvular incompetence. ...Read more

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What are the tests for venous insufficiency?

Ultrasound: A duplex ultrasound that looks for the presence of reflux in the superficial and deep system of veins is the most useful test for venous insufficiency. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of venous insufficiency?

Varicose veins: Varicose veins, swelling and possibly brownish discoloration of the legs. Pain and discomfort may also be associated. If you have any of these symptoms you should see your doctor and ask for vascular surgical opinion. ...Read more

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Is the discolouration from venous insufficiency reversible?

Is the discolouration from venous insufficiency reversible?

No : If you have discoloration, your venous insufficiency is serious and you are at risk of developing a leg ulcer, even if your legs feel fine. Elevate your legs. Wear compression stockings daily. See a phlebologist or vein specialist. Phlebology.Org for a referral. Treatment is office based and under and hour. Covered by almost all insurance. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Venous insufficiency?

CVI: Venous insufficiency is described as the reduced ability of the veins to provide an adequate return of blood back to the heart from the lower extremities. The fault typically is with the walls and/or the valves located in the veins of the legs. The failing valves allow a back flow of blood which increase the pressure on the vein walls thus resulting with varying degrees of pedal edema. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for venous insufficiency?

What is the treatment for venous insufficiency?

Close bad veins: When superficial veins are insufficient, they are structurally broken. The vein walls are too stiff and don't have enough elastic in them. Vein valves that keep blood from flowing backwards are broken too. Nothing works right in these veins and we don't the technological ability to fix them yet. So we remove them. This can be done with surgery, sclerotherapy, and/or thermal ablation (laser/rf). ...Read more

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What's chronic venous insufficiency?

What's chronic venous insufficiency?

There are two types: Chronic venous insufficiency is when veins do not pump enough oxygen-poor blood back to the heart. This is caused by the valves in the veins leaking or flowing backwards. It usually occurs in the leg . It can be caused by the deep veins leaking [ less common ] or the superficial veins leaking[ more common] . Superficial venous insufficiency is the underlying cause of varicose and spider veins. ...Read more

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Does Venous insufficiency cause DVTS ?

Dvt: DVT happens in veins where blood movement is sluggish or even minimal. Venous stasis predisposes to DVT. Particularly when leg muscles are not active. ...Read more

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What is a grade 3 venous insufficiency?

Venous reflux grades: Venous insufficiency grading is an older method of quantifying severity. Hach proposed 4 grades. Grade three describes saphenous vein reflux extending to or just below the knee. A grade four would be down to the foot level. ...Read more

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What is a grade 3 venous insufficiency?

What is a grade 3 venous insufficiency?

Grades of CVI: There is a classification of venous insufficiency called CEAP which grades venous insufficiency in 6 categories from 1 to 6 with 6 being the worse. 1 is spider veins, 2 is varicose veins, 3 is edema, 4 is skin changes, 5 is healed ankle ulcer and 6 is an active ulcer. There are treatments for each level. See a vein specialist. ...Read more

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What kinds of doctors can treat venous insufficiency?

Vascular surgeon: Training provided to vascular surgeons to learn about the pathophysiology of the disease and the treatment options. ...Read more

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Difference between lymphadema and venous insufficiency?

Difference between lymphadema and venous insufficiency?

There is a simple: Difference visible immediately:in lymphedema the toes and foot are swollen too, in venous insufficiency the toes are never swollen! venous insufficiency is caused by superficial ( varicose veins) or deep (clot) vein problems. Lymphedema is either a birth defect visible later in life or after surgery to remove lymph nodes in cancers. ...Read more

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What is chronic venous insufficiency? How do you get it?

What is chronic venous insufficiency?  How do you get it?

Chronic venous insuf: Chronic venous insufficiency is due to the back flow of blood in the veins usually in the lower extremities. Back flow is usually protected by valves in the veins that become faulty over time allowing blood to pool. This increases the pressure of blood in the veins and fluid (and a small amount of blood) leaks into the tissues causing swelling, pain, inflammation, and on the skin ulcerations. ...Read more

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