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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Varicose Veins in the Legs and Blood Clots

Varicose veins develop due to backpressure in the vein segments in the leg, leading to bulging surface veins. When you have varicose veins, there is abnormal flow in the bulging segments.  In fact, the flow can be so sluggish in the larger veins that blood clots can develop.  A clot in the surface veins, known as phlebitis, is usually a self limited, non life-threatening problem that resolves over a period of weeks. However, on occasion, these surface clots can migrate to the deeper veins, causing a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). 

A DVT is a potentially life-threatening medical problem.  When a surface vein develops a clot, we strongly advise patients to get an ultrasound of the leg so that we can determine whether or not a DVT exists. Treatment for DVT is quite different from treatment of surface phlebitis.

One way to reduce the risk of phlebitis in the varicose veins is to eliminate the backpressure from weak leg veins that cause the varicosities. VNUS Closure and ClariVein are ideal options to treat the saphenous veins. Microphlebectomy is very useful to eliminate the surface veins so that clots do not develop. Even sclerotherapy is helpful in certain instances.

If questions arise as to the treatment of your leg veins or blood clot issues, please contact our offices in Frederick, MD; Bethesda, MD; Leesburg, VA or Charles Town, WV for more information.

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