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What Is The Difference Between Poor Lymphatic Flow And Varicose Veins
Lymph vs Blood: Lymph and blood flow from your limbs to your heart in different vessels. Lymph flows in tiny vessels that can be damaged (surgery, radiation, inflammation) causing lymph to build up in tissues and swelling. Blood flows through veins which are larger and thicker. Valves keep blood from going the wrong way. When the valves don't work, blood pools and distends the veins causing varicose veins. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
A condition characterized by dilated and elongated veins that are usually found in the legs but can affect different parts of the body. Normal veins have valves that prevent the backflow of blood and help resist gravity while blood moves back to the heart. In varicose veins, the valves are dysfunctional so blood moves forward and back, causing the enlarged vessels. Varicose veins can be painful. Often the pain worsens after standing for ...Read more
180 degrees: Arterial thrombosis is stoppage of blood flow from the heart to different parts of the body. The result is tissue death: in arteries to the heart=heart attack; in arteries to the legs=gangrene. Venous thrombosis is within veins which return blood to the heart. It may be in deep veins which is a serious matter often requiring anticoagulation, and in superficial veins appearing red, painful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Throbosis=clot: A thrombosis is a blood clot. The veins are redundant meaning that there are a lot of them draining a certain area. So a venous thrombosis is usually not really important except for discomfort as long as it is in the surface veins. One in the deep veins is a medical emergency. The arteries are less redundant and a clot in an artery can damage the area it supplies and can be very serious. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Different outcome: Arterial thrombosis occurs when there is stoppage of blood flow in an artery due to arteriosclerosis or embolus. The part that is fed by the artery is injured by the lack of blood supply. Venous thrombosis comes on after there is stagnant flow, injury to the vein lining, and abnormalities in blood components. There is local pain, but rarely tissue injury. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. Varicose veins are abnormal veins. Collateral veins are normal veins that are not bulging and are usually straight. They tend to be blue . ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Spasm vs obstruction: Poor circulation is a general term but commonly refers to arterial insufficiency due to vessel obstruction which is most commonly atherosclerotic disease. Raynaud's is a condition of sympathetic disfunction that causes excessive and prolonged small vessel contraction. ...Read more
Hemorrhoids: Both hemorrhoid veins and lower extremity veins work to carry blood from the tissues back toward the heart. Hemorrhoids and varicose veins happen due to malfunction of the blood flow toward the heart. Pooling of blood in the rectum/ pelvis causes blood congestion of the hemorrhoidal veins resulting in hemorrhoids. Pooling of blood in the limbs causes stagnation of blood and varicose veins. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Different causes: Arterial thrombosis is usually caused by clots either in the heart or in the arteries that lead from the heart to the brain, most often the carotid arteries. Venous thrombosis has nothing to due with atherosclerosis and is often due to inflammation in the sinuses or head and neck. May also be due to venous congestion. ...Read more
Extent of disease: As dr. Isobe said, the main difference is size. The similarity though is that they are both a manifestation of the same disease process--venous insufficiency and venous hypertension affecting a different end organ. With varicose veins, the end organ is larger veins (>3 mm). For spider veins, the end organ is much smaller veins (< 1 mm). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Location different: If there is increased pressure in veins then they become larger and prominent. Varicose veins in the legs enlarge because they have a leaky valve and gravity tends to pull the blood back down causing the veins to enlarge. Hemorrhoids are veins in the anus that enlarge due to pressure from constipation and straining. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Symptoms of veins: Varicose Veins & neuropathy can both lead to symptoms in the legs & feet. There are some similarities in the symptoms of both. Both can cause leg discomfort & numbness / tingling. Pain more likely throughout legs & feet w/ neuropathy & more likely lower legs w/ veins. Veins can have swelling & skin discoloration & neuropathy usually doesn't. See vascular surgeon to assess veins. Neurologist-nerves ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
US and Doppler: Doppler ultrasound is used to determine if there is retrograde flow in valved vein segments, i.e. between the junction of a superficial vein and a deep vein,, 2) between valved segments within a deep vein (deep vein reflux), 3) between valved segments of superficial veins (segmental venous reflux). B mode US compression techniques look for dvt and distal augmentation to confirm flow upstream ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Arterial/ venous: Arterial poor supply generally caused by atheroclerosis. Venous poor return frequent swelling ...Read more
What exactly is the difference between anomalous pulmonary venous return & transposition of great vessels?
See below: Anomalous pulmonary venous return means taht 1 or more of the pulmonary veins returns blood from the lung to the right atrium instead of the left atrium. Transposition is a defect where the aorta origninate from the right ventricle and the pulmonary artery comes from the left ventricle which is backwards. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Check Web MD : Thrombosis is clotted blood relating to slow flow in a vessel. The most common is deep vein thrombosis. Embolism is when a object (usually a well formed thrombus) breaks away and travels in the vasculature to a remote area. Atheroma is cholesterol plaque in the arterial wall. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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