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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Can Varicose Veins Cause Bleeding?


One of the risks of varicose veins is bleeding after very minor trauma. Even something as simple as rubbing the area with the opposite foot in bed at night or washing with some vigor in the shower can cause rather significant bleeding, enough to be quite alarming to many patients.

Fortunately, the quantity of blood is minor, although it is enough to cause shower water to become very red and bed sheets to stain deeply.  The blood in the vein is usually under an increased amount of pressure leading to the problem, but the pressure in this vein is also low enough that mild to moderate finger pressure over the site will cause it to stop. It is rare to have a life-threatening bleed from a small surface vein rupture.

It’s important to seek evaluation of the entire venous system in the leg that had the bleeding, as often there is underlying backpressure in the veins above the bleeding site. If left untreated, recurrent bleeding is common. On the other hand, if we can identify the areas of reflux, (abnormal venous pressure), treatment is easy, often covered by insurance, performed in the office under local anesthesia, and is very effective at eliminating further bleeding episodes.

2 comments :

armouris said...

more info on varicose vein here - Treating Varicose Veins

vein said...

yes it can bleeding but not in starting of the disease.

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