Varicose veins are common in younger people, especially women of child-bearing age. This condition is caused by incompetence of the valves of the vein, which allows blood to stay in the veins, pooling, and causing the veins to enlarge.
Varicose veins may appear swollen, twisted, and discolored, and in some cases, can be quite painful. Some patients report a sensation of fullness or heaviness in the area in which the veins appear, as well as swelling or discoloration of the skin.
These unsightly veins appear most often in the veins of the leg, thanks to the effects of gravity. However, they can develop elsewhere as well. Causes of varicose veins include prolonged periods of standing, pregnancy, defective valves, and more.
- Duplex examination is important for the diagnosis of reflux in veins
- Laser treatment
- Venous closure procedure