Hidden Varicose Veins

More about Hidden Varicose Veins

In addition to the symptoms listed, hidden varicose veins can manifest themselves in the form of dry skin, a predisposition to dermatitis or eczema, the presence of wounds that do not heal for a long time or bleed with minor injuries, and ulcers. Only through the use of duplex ultrasound can hidden varicose veins be detected, enabling doctors to prescribe preventative treatment options. As prevention of varicose veins is the best option for modern patients.

Additional information for patients
How to recognize hidden varicose veins?

The symptoms and signs of “hidden varicose veins” are the same as those for visible varicose veins. If patients have any of varis symptoms they need their doctor to perform a venous duplex ultrasound scan. No doctor or nurse without employing a venous duplex ultrasound scan can tell you that you do not have hidden varicose veins. Scans must be performed by a trained vascular technician who can check for incompetent perforators and other rare causes of reflux. Only following a scan, can you be confident in the results be they positive or negative.

What should I know about hidden varicose veins?

It is understood that between 15% to 20% of adults have varicose veins. However another 15 to 20% of the population have hidden varicose veins. It is important that anyone with any symptoms or signs of venous disease have a venous duplex ultrasound scan performed by an trained technician, with the results reviewed by a qualified physician. Only examinations performed with duplex ultrasound offers the reassurance you that you do not have hidden varicose veins. Untreated hidden varicose veins results in a deterioration of the condition in 1 out of 20 patients every year.

What causes varicose and thread veins on the legs?

The most common cause of varicose veins is weak or damaged valves. Specifically, when the patient is in a standing position, normally functioning valves do not allow blood to "fall" down under the pull of gravity. When valves do not work properly, commonly referred to as venous reflux disease or venous insufficiency, the valves do not close and the blood in a vertical position drops down, spreading to tributary veins. The result is these veins expand and become visible.

Often during the initial stages of the disease, the valves do not work only in the main venous trunk, and varicose veins do not yet appeared or are not visible on the surface of the skin as spider veins. However, due to an over abundance of venous blood in the legs it leads to chronic intoxication and other symptoms presenting themselves.

In these cases, only a venous duplex ultrasound scan can determine the cause of symptoms, enabling your doctor to develop a modern plan of action to prevent and treat the disease.

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