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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Varicose Veins in Children

While it is not common to see varicose veins in children or teens, on occasion these younger patients can find varicosities in the legs causing some aching or tenderness. The common thinking among most patients is that many years of standing at work without the ability to elevate the legs is the prime cause of venous disease. Professions thought to be at high risk are teachers, cooks, cashiers, nurses, and factory workers, for example.

While these activities may hasten the development of varicose veins, in reality heredity plays the largest role in determining who is most apt to have these large surface veins on the legs. Therefore, when young patients present with varicosities, we can most often find a fairly strong familial incidence of these veins.

Fortunately, when varicose veins develop in this younger age group, treatment is still very effective and durable with long lasting benefit. VNUS Closure and ClariVein can easily resolve the venous reflux responsible for the surface veins. Most young patients will then see the surface veins receding rather promptly, as the muscular wall of these veins is well preserved. In those patients who still have residual surface veins after VNUS, microphlebectomy is a very suitable treatment option.

The development of varicose veins in younger patients should not cause grave concern among patients. Safe and effective therapy is widely available. Resumption of normal activities should be expected.


Varicosities viens said...

nice blog and thank you for the information you provided.

Anonymous said...

I have a 7 year old daughter who has varicose veins in one leg! I am scared and I see that is not common!

Anonymous said...

As long as I can remember, as a kid, I had this spot on my outer thigh that looked like a bruise about the size of a half dollar. I used to get picked on cause it looked like a hickey and you know how kids are. Then in my early 20's, it spread out as spider veins. I wonder if anyone ever had that happen before?

Garth Rosenberg, MD said...

Sometimes, when children are found to have abnormal leg veins at a very early age, this represents a rather benign venous malformation, sort of a cluster of irregular veins.
As you age, the cluster can become more visible or even cause symptoms.
Most often these are more cosmetic than anything else and you can discuss with your vein specialist.
Thanks for the comment!

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